Steelers 7-round mock draft following Terrell Edmunds signing

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The Steelers changed the dynamics of their 2022 draft yet again by surprising fans and re-signing Terrell Edmunds to one additional season.

Re-signing Edmunds does not alleviate the need for safety, and Edmunds is only back for one season. What happens in 2023 is anyone’s guess at the moment. Does he move on to a new home, or do they bring him back long-term? It all depends on how his 2022 season pans out.

Nonetheless, it does not wholly eliminate the option of the Steelers still drafting a safety; the question is, do they take a Lewis Cine or Daxton Hill early on or push it back to the middle or latter part of the draft?

If they take the safety need off the table early on, they focus on future needs or positional upgrades. Which honestly is a smart way of drafting; the Steelers are not trying to fill a critical need; instead, they take their highest-ranked player who is still available.

Many have predicted that the Steelers will trade up either to get Willis, Pickett, or Ridder. However, if they opt for the quarterback, they have the luxury of letting the pick fall to them. Of five quarterbacks on the Steelers shortlist, in a worst-case scenario, at least two will still be on the board at pick 20.

Given that the Steelers have much flexibility in approaching the draft, what will they actually do? In this late 7-round Steelers mock draft, let’s see how the Steelers approach the draft now that they have brought back Terrell Edmunds for one more season.