Steelers mock draft with trades: Pittsburgh bolsters roster with strong draft class

The foreseeable future would be looking bright with this Steelers draft class.

Oct 21, 2023; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Cooper DeJean (3)
Oct 21, 2023; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Cooper DeJean (3) / Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
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With the NFL draft just over a month away and the combine starting in a couple of days, draft buzz is gaining momentum. With a pivotal offseason ahead for the Steelers and another strong draft class for Pittsburgh, they could set the team up for a solid future.

In this mock draft, there are a couple of trade-back scenarios where the Steelers aim to accumulate more picks, strengthening their roster.

Steelers trade back mock draft

In the first round, the Buccaneers propose a trade to the Steelers, offering their 26th overall pick and the 57th overall pick in exchange for Pittsburgh's 20th pick and the 121st pick.

With Pittsburgh's 20th pick, Tampa Bay selects cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry from Alabama.

Cooper DeJean. Cornerback. . 483. . . Cooper DeJean. Steelers trade back mock draft. 1. player

Steelers mock draft round 1: Cooper DeJean, CB Iowa

Now with the 26th pick, the Steelers choose Iowa cornerback Cooper DeJean. This versatile defensive player will complement Joey Porter Jr. and Minkah Fitzpatrick seamlessly. Dejean is a true Swiss Army knife, capable of playing on the outside, in the slot, or even as a safety.

DeJean's ability to make plays is evident with 7 interceptions and 3 touchdowns, showcasing his instinctive style of play. Given the Steelers' desire to create splash plays and generate turnovers, DeJean becomes a valuable addition to enhance their secondary.

After selecting a tackle in the first round last year and with Jackson Powers-Johnson already taken, the Steelers opt for a defensive back. This pick complements key players in the secondary, ensuring a solid foundation for years. DeJean is a versatile contributor, impacting the game in various ways.

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