Steelers mock draft: Pittsburgh dips into QB pool in second round

Quarterback Carson Strong #12 of the Nevada Wolf Pack. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
Quarterback Carson Strong #12 of the Nevada Wolf Pack. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images) /
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Charles Cross #67 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

The Pittsburgh Steelers have no shortage of needs in the 2022 NFL Draft. Here’s what I have them doing in my latest seven-round mock draft. 

After the decline in performance we have witnessed from numerous positional groups this year, it’s hard to put a finger on which position the Pittsburgh Steelers will address early in the 2022 NFL Draft. Clearly, they aren’t short on needs, and Kevin Colbert doesn’t even have enough draft capital to fill them all.

The good news is that we have seen how quality drafts can help get a team back on track very fast. Pittsburgh’s 2017 draft class is a perfect example. While this particular mock draft includes a few selections that I personally would not be on board with, here’s who I have the Steelers taking in my latest 2022 seven-round mock draft:

893. . Offensive tackle. Bulldogs . Charles Cross. 1. player

Steelers first-round pick: OT Charles Cross

You could make a case that offensive tackle is the biggest need on the Steelers next year. Chukwuma Okorafor is set to become an unrestricted free agent, and Pittsburgh doesn’t have much incentive to give him a new deal.

While Dan Moore could prove to be a capable option as a starter in due time, he obviously needs more time to develop, and the team could really use a quality offensive tackle opposite of him. Meanwhile, the team apparently doesn’t have much confidence in Zach Banner, who has had just 2 career starts by the age of 27.

Charles Cross is a very gifted football player. The redshirt sophomore is a five-star recruit and a remarkable athlete. Though he may still be raw and could use some time to get acclimated to the NFL game, Cross would be an instant improvement over anyone on the roster.