Steelers 2021 7-round mock draft: Selecting based on positional need

Offensive lineman Teven Jenkins #73 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. OSU won 27-13. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Offensive lineman Teven Jenkins #73 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. OSU won 27-13. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /
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Defensive Lineman Patrick Jones II #90 from Pittsburgh of the National Team. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /

Round 3 (pick 105 via trade): Quinn Meinerz, OC, Wisconsin-Whitewater

This pick was gained in the trade back with the Saints. The Steelers are now able to nab a promising center prospect in the ladder stages of day two. Quinn Meinerz rose to fame with the notorious photo taken of him during the Senior Bowl practices where his stomach was hanging out of his jersey.

He comes from a small school but he was more than able to take care of business all week long at the Senior Bowl practices and the game. Adding him here is great value and it finds the starter at the center position when this upcoming season starts.

Round 4 (pick 128): Patrick Jones II, EDGE, Pittsburgh

Patrick Jones II out of Pittsburgh had a nice showing at the Senior Bowl and that was after a very nice collegiate career with the Panthers. He shined in those great defenses in the blue and yellow colors that the team wears on Saturdays. His ability to get after the passer is something special and he reminds a lot of Bud Dupree. His build and size are a nice comparison and the way he can fly past tackles.

Jones would be amazing depth behind T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith when the final roster is made up. Getting Jones here is another nice selection as he fell a little in this scenario.

Round 4 (pick 140): Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

Dylan Moses was expected to be a first-round selection if he entered last year’s draft but he decided to stay another season at Alabama. Unfortunately for him, it did not work out after tearing his ACL just before their season opener. This could cause many concerns for teams across the league but with some extra picks, the Steelers can take a small gamble here.

Moses could have lost speed from the injury but as long as he rehabbed nicely then he should still get back to his normal self. This could be a steal if he returns to form and could become a starter alongside Devin Bush on Sundays.