NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Multiple experts mock a quarterback to the Steelers

Will Pittsburgh turn the page on Kenny Pickett this April?

2024 CFP National Championship - Michigan v Washington
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It's hard to read too deeply into NFL mock drafts this early in the process. The NFL Scouting Combine is sure to shake up plenty of big boards, while the directions teams go in free agency will determine which big roster holes still need to be filled.

As of now, the Pittsburgh Steelers have several significant areas of need. Early in the process, cornerback, offensive tackle, and center are three positions that have been frequently mocked to the Steelers, but even taking a quarterback isn't out of the question.

A pair of prominent NFL Draft analysts agree as they have Pittsburgh turning the page on Kenny Pickett and praying for an upgrade at the most important position in all of professional sports. here's the latest Steelers mock draft roundup.

Steelers mock draft roundup: A new quarterback for Pittsburgh?

Fields Yates, ESPN: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

In his first mock draft of 2024, ESPN Insider, Field Yates, has the Steelers selecting Bo Nix with the 20th overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. This is a player who has already caused an uproar among Steelers Nation, as many are concerned that he is too similar to what they already have in Kenny Pickett. Like Pickett, Nix is on the old side for a first-round draft prospect and he's coming off his best season as a fifth-year senior. Nix has more arm talent to work with, but this isn't a pick that most fans want to see.

Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports: Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

With the 20th overall selection in this April's draft, Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports has the Steelers going with a different quarterback in Michael Penix Jr. The Washington product is coming off a remarkable 2023 season, but many fans can't get his poor performance in the NCAA Championship against Michigan out of their heads. Penix throws a beautiful deep ball, but he's also on the older side and injuries are a big concern.

Chad Reuter, Trevin Wallace, LB, Kentucky

This Steelers mock draft decision from Chad Reuter is certainly out there. Trevin Wallace comes at a non-premium position as an off-ball linebacker and very few draft analysts have given him first-round consideration. In fact, Pro Football Focus currently has him 224th overall on their big board. Pittsburgh has a sneaky need at linebacker, but selecting Wallace this early would be head-scratching.

Luke Easterling, Sports Illustrated: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Amarius Mims is quickly becoming one of the most frequently mocked players to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft. Mims is a mammoth right tackle from Georgia with brute strength and long arms to keep pass rushers at bay. It's also worth reminding that he played with Broderick Jones, Pittsburgh's first-round pick last year.

Joel Klatt, Fox Sports: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

The Steelers rarely consider Big 12 players this early in the draft, but that could change now that Omar Khan and Andy Weidl are running the front office. Tyler Guyton is a boom-or-bust offensive tackle prospect with inconsistent film but undeniable traits. He could be a star tackle if he works out, but Guyton might almost be too much of a project to pair with another raw OT in Broderick Jones.

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