Steelers mock draft: Pittsburgh finds their QB in full 2022 first-round mock
By Tommy Jaggi
Steelers mock draft:
This one is going to be a blow to the gut for many Pittsburgh Steelers fans. Malik Willis is clearly the most gifted quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft class from an arm talent/athleticism standpoint. After recently trading away Russell Wilson, the Seahawks could use some of their draft capital received in the haul to restock the QB position. Willis won’t be ready to play right away, but his downfield style is similar to Wilson’s. I have a feeling this now becomes Seattle’s top target in the NFL Draft.
There are mixed opinions on Drake London and many are concerned about his lack of speed at the wide receiver position. However, the USC product has excellent size and just seems to catch everything thrown his way. In addition, he’s tough to bring down after the catch and is always fighting for extra yardage. After taking Evan Neal with their first pick, the Jets give QB Zach Wilson every chance to succeed by giving him another offensive weapon to work with.
Charles Cross might be the fourth offensive tackle off the board, but he is still good value at this point. The Washington Commanders recently traded with the Colts for Carson Wentz, so taking a QB seems to be out of the question. The next step is protecting him. Washington got good play out of their offensive tackles last season, but Samuel Cosmi is the only guy who is going to be around long-term. Cross would help them build the base of their offensive line for the future.
Derek Stingley Jr. will likely see a dip in his draft stock. As Ahmad Gardner launches himself forward, Stingley has taken a backseat in this draft class. He now has two straight years of average tape and is coming off a Lisfranc injury. The Vikings, however, are suckers for an athletic first-round cornerback, and Stingley certainly fits that description. If he can become the NFL player everyone thought he would be after watching his freshman season, this could be one of the steals of the first round.