Steelers 2021 mock draft: Letting the computer make the selection

Michigan offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield blocks defensive end Kwity Paye.
Michigan offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield blocks defensive end Kwity Paye. /
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Washington Huskies defensive back Elijah Molden (3) stands on the field. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports /

Round 1, 24. Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan

Choosing defense here might be a head-scratcher for many but Kwity Paye is one of the most promising edge rushers in this class. The Steelers might have Alex Highsmith to replace Bud Dupree but they have zero depth behind the starters. Getting Paye here helps bring in a rotational player that also provides depth.

Round 2, TRADE: (Steelers receive picks 56 & 2022 4th rounder, Seahawks receive pick 55) 56. Elijah Molden, CB, Washington

Trading back one slot is an interesting choice but they somehow get a fourth-round selection next year for doing so. They select a solid corner that can help ease the pain of losing both Mike Hilton and Steven Nelson. Elijah Molden would be a nice slot corner in the NFL and this selection will allow Cam Sutton to stay outside while Molden starts inside.

Round 3, 87. Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina

Chazz Surratt at this point in the draft is a nice selection for the black and gold. The middle linebacker position needs depth and Surratt would provide that instantly while he starts on special teams. He is not the best linebacker in this class as the former quarterback is still learning as he goes.

Round 4, TRADE (Steelers get picks 131 and 210, Ravens get 128) 131. Bobby Brown, DL, Texas A&M

Pittsburgh decides to trade back again and get an extra pick late in the draft. They choose Bobby Brown out of Texas A&M here. After Tyson Alualu and Chris Wormley re-signed, this is not a very big need for the team going forward. Brown is a solid prospect but they could have gone with another position before the defensive line.