Steelers disappoint fans in all-too-realistic NFL mock draft

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Steelers mock draft round 6: Tony Poljan

The Steelers would no doubt love to address the tight end position earlier in the draft, as Eric Ebron is currently the only reliable option they have at the position. However, with so many needs to fill this April, Pittsburgh missed out on the early wave of talent and decides to wait until day three. Pittsburgh had a few representatives at Virginia’s Pro Day. Tony Poljan is a big tight end who offers a little bit of everything. He could come in and compete with Zach Gentry and Kevin Rader for the team’s number two tight end role.

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Steelers mock draft round 7: Harry Crider

After missing out on the top three centers in this class, Pittsburgh may try to transition Jackson Carman inside. While many expect the team to double up on the offensive line early, this is something they rarely do. In fact, if they take a second offensive lineman at all, it’s likely to come on day three due to the fact that there are so many needs to fill. Harry Crider was a solid, yet unspectacular player for the Hoosiers. He could compete with J.C. Hassenauer for a roster spot.

With JuJu Smith-Schuster returning for the 2021 season, the Steelers may not take a receiver until late in the NFL Draft. If this is the case, they could go with a small-school receiver from the MAC in Buffalo’s Antonio Nunn. Nunn resembles Diontae Johnson in stature and is only a slightly above-average athlete, but he has some traits that can help him stick on an NFL roster.

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The Steelers have shown interest in most of the names on this mock draft, but I would not be pleased by the initial outcome. Let’s hope they take more of a ‘best player available’ approach this year to avoid the mistakes of the past.