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)
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Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Ty Fryfogle (3). Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports /

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Steelers seventh-round pick: WR Ty Fryfogle

It’s so hard not to mock a receiver to the Pittsburgh Steelers this year — especially considering that JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington are both unrestricted free agents in 2022. However, with so many other pressing needs, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kevin Colbert waited this long into the draft to fill the position.

Ty Fryfogle is a big-bodied receiver who may not be a particularly great athlete but is well-rounded with good body control. He could be the fourth receiver for Pittsburgh with a chance to climb the depth chart down the line.

842. . Linebacker. Tigers . Owen Pappoe. 7. player

Steelers seventh-round pick (comp.): LB Owen Pappoe

Devin Bush and Joe Schobert have been incredibly underwhelming this year, but with so many needs and so much already invested into the linebacker position, it’s possible that the Steelers don’t address this need until their final pick in the seventh round.

Owen Pappoe is a former five-star recruit who is declaring for the NFL Draft as a true junior. He’s a read-and-react athlete who could make the squad as a special teams player before trying to throw his hat in the ring for a chance to see the field on defense.

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The Steelers could go in a variety of different directions in the NFL Draft. How they finish down the stretch could dictate which players will be available to them in each round.