Rounding out the draft I look for a pair of depth players that can hopefully develop into something more. Zakhari Franklin lacks the explosiveness to constantly win on the outside, but he has proven to be a safety valve for the Rebels offense. He excels with tough catches and plays over the middle.
While Allen Robinson has been a valuable veteran presence for this offense, I can’t see him sticking around at his current price tag. Franklin can be a replacement for him, serving as that physical slot receiver and an extra option if any of the starters can’t get open.
The Steelers lost stalwart safety Terrell Edmunds this past offseason, and while they haven’t gotten horrible play from their replacements, strong safety continues to be a bit of a problem for this team. A seventh-round pick won’t resolve all of that, but they land a good prospect here.
Lathan Ransom is a jack of all trades in the secondary. He can play deep or in the box (although he lacks the elite physicality to thrive there) and can slide down and cover tight ends in man defense. He would be a versatile backup for sure, and if the strong of late-round Ohio State safeties continue, Ransom could end up being a gem.
The Steelers have a lot of needs, and this mock draft continues to keep the focus in the trenches. Both the offensive line and defensive line get a boost while some promising backups are also added. Talent and depth both help make this roster stronger.