NFL mock draft 2.0: Steelers think outside the box with run on cornerbacks early
By Tommy Jaggi
11. Tennessee Titans: Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State
The Titans would love to have their pick between Paris Johnson Jr. and Broderick Jones with the 11th overall pick, and they get their wish. After being forced to cut OT Taylor Lewan for financial reasons, there is a glaring hole at left tackle. Either of these players makes way too much sense to pass up, but I have them going with a bit more polished player in Johnson.
12. Houston Texans: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State
In the first version of my 2023 mock draft, I had the Texans going with TCU receiver Quentin Johnston with this selection. However, I think Houston could opt for a more stable pass catcher for rookie QB, Bryce Young. Jaxon Smith-Njigba doesn't project as a future WR1, but he could quickly emerge as one of the better slot receivers in the NFL. His fantastic route-running and consistency could make him a quarterback's best friend.
13. New York Jets: Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
The Jets are another team desperate for offensive tackle help. Mekhi Becton can't stay healthy, while a combination of Max Mitchell and a 37-year-old Duane Brown is very underwhelming. Broderick Jones seems like an easy pick for New York with the 13th overall pick. They already have a great defense and young weapons on offense, so there aren't a ton of other glaring needs here (outside of QB, which should be resolved if the Aaron Rodgers trade goes through).
14. New England Patriots: Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
This one will sting for many Steelers fans if one of our biggest AFC rivals ends up with a player who was been linked to Pittsburgh from the very beginning. Since a strong NFL Combine, Joey Porter Jr. has been rising up draft boards. He has the size, length, athleticism, and physicality teams look for in a first-round cornerback.