The Pittsburgh Steelers fell to the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs last week. By doing so, their top selection in the 2024 NFL Draft was locked into place. After previously sitting at pick 23, Omar Khan can thank the Buccaneers, Texans, and Packers for upset wins that allowed him to jump back up the draft board a bit.
If there's one good thing that came out of the playoff loss, it's that Pittsburgh slid back up in the NFL Draft order. The Steelers now officially hold the 20th overall pick in April's draft. Now the deep dive into the offseason begins, and fans are eager to see who is being mocked to The Steel City.
However, since being eliminated from the NFL Playoffs, there doesn't seem to be any consensus on who the Pittsburgh Steelers could take in the first round. Here's the latest Steelers mock draft roundup ahead of the Divisional Round of playoffs.
Steelers mock draft roundup after being eliminated from NFL Playoffs:
The Athletic, Dane Brugler: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa
Cooper DeJean is going to be a popular player to mock to the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 20th overall pick. This team has needs all over their secondary and is desperate for a long-time starting cornerback to pair with Joey Porter Jr. DeJan has tremendous athletic traits and excellent versatility in the secondary. He projects as an outside CB but can do whatever you ask of him. This is also the range that he's projected to fall early in the draft process.
CBS Sports, Chris Trapasso: Jeremiah Trotter Jr., LB, Clemson
We all know how much the Steelers love their family ties. After striking gold on a second-generation NFL player last year in Joey Porter Jr., Omar Khan could double down by taking Jeremiah Trotter Jr. -- the son of the former All-Pro Eagles linebacker. Trotter isn't the most fluid player in space, but he fits the description of what Pittsburgh looks for in their linebackers with a downhill presence and unmatched physicality.
Fantasy Pros, Adam Murfet: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State
I might be a bit out of character for the Steelers to draft a Pac-12 player in the first round, but this is a new regime in the front office, and they could prove to break their old trends. Taliese Fuaga is a monstrous offensive tackle coming off a remarkable season at Oregon State. Fuaga is a right tackle only, but he has remarkable size and play strength. This selection would allow Broderick Jones to kick back over to the left side of the OL in 2024.
Draft Countdown, Shane Hallam: Jackson Powers-Johnson, C, Oregon
Like it or not, we are going to see centers being mocked to the Steelers early in the 2024 NFL Draft. The problem is there may not be a center worth taking with the 20th overall pick this year. That might not stop Pittsburgh from biting on the position, as they are desperate to find an upgrade over veteran Mason Cole. Jackson Powers-Johnson has the potential to be the best center from the 2024 class.