Steelers final mock draft: Pittsburgh fills most pressing needs early

Travis Etienne #9 of the Clemson Tigers. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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National defensive lineman Ade Ogundeji of Notre Dame (91) drills against National offensive lineman Quinn Meinerz of Wisconsin -Whitewater (71); Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers mock draft round 2: Quinn Meinerz

I’ve heard several rumors recently that the Steelers have a strong interest in Quinn Meinerz in round two. This shouldn’t be very hard to understand. Though Meinerz is a bit of an outlier coming from a Division III school at Wisconsin-Whitewater, Tomlin and Colbert got a terrific look at him during Senior Bowl week, and he was dominant on nearly every rep.

One of Pittsburgh’s biggest focuses this offseason is to get better in the run game. While a player like Creed Humphrey is a terrific athlete who excels in pass protection, he’s not the same bully on the ground like Meinerz has proven to be. Landon Dickerson is another option who could ultimately drop due to whopping four-season-ending injuries to his knees and ankles, and the latest report from his medical checks has some teams very concerned.

Though Meinerz played at a very small level of competition, he could be the most likely of the three to be available at this point, and the Steelers apparently like him a lot. Much like Kevin Dotson who was drafted by Pittsburgh in the fourth round out of a small school last year, Meinerz has that same ‘bully’ mentality and could bring the same level of aggressiveness this team needs on each and every play. He would slot in as Pittsburgh’s starting center from day one.