Steelers mock draft: Pittsburgh's selections reflect pre-draft interests

Steelers, Kelee Ringo
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Steelers mock draft round 2: CB Kelee Ringo

After taking OT Dawand Jones with the 32nd overall pick acquired by the trade with the Bears for Chase Claypool, I have Pittsburgh selecting Georgia cornerback, Kelee Ringo, with their original 49th overall pick. Ringo is a player the Steelers have expressed interest in dating back to the NFL Combine.

The Georgia cornerback is one of the few players to earn the 'trifecta' during the Steelers pre-draft process, as he had a formal Combine visit, a pro day visit by Pittsburgh's brass, and a pre-draft facility visit. This puts him squarely on the map as a day-two selection.

There's a ton of discrepancy in terms of where NFL analysts have Ringo on their draft boards. Some have him as high as the late teens, while others have him ranked in the 70s among the best prospects this year. It's clear that the tape wasn't as good this year, and some teams don't think his hips are flexible enough to play cornerback at a high level in the NFL.

Still, there are some traits the Steelers will fall in love with -- like the fact that's 20 years old, he's a physical tackler, he's got 4.35 speed, and comes from the best football program in the nation. If Ringo falls to the 49th overall pick and the Steelers haven't taken a cornerback, he seems likely to be the selection here.