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 Steelers having no 5th-round picks and already securing two 2nd-round selections, they decide to trade out of the 4th round to acquire a 5th-round pick and an additional 6th-round pick from the New England Patriots.

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Steelers mock draft round 5: Jha'Quan Jackson, WR, Tulane

The Steelers are expected to add a veteran WR in free agency to replace Allen Robinson and serve as the #3 WR alongside Diontae Johnson and George Pickens. With Calvin Austin having a limited role, there's a need to enhance depth in the wide receiver room. In the later rounds of the draft, teams often target picks for depth and special teams contributions.

At the 152nd pick, Pittsburgh selects Jha’Quan Jackson from Tulane, a versatile slot receiver with dynamic abilities after the catch and punt return experience. Jackson becomes a developmental piece under new WR coach Zach Azzanni, showcasing traits that align with the Steelers' history of finding talented wide receivers in later rounds.

With Arthur Smith as the new offensive coordinator, his Wide Receivers must be willing to block. This particular selection of Jha'quan Jackson doesn't perfectly fit that mold as he is a smaller slot receiver. However, at this point in the draft, talent must be prioritized. Jackson possesses skills suited for a traditional slot role, and while free agency may be used to address this position, the Steelers utilize this pick to enhance the depth of the WR room in this scenario.