The 2019 NFL Draft is finally here, and as the NFL world turns their focus to Nashville, Tennessee for the big event, fans' attention still focuses on the process of trying to predict who their favorite team will select. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, they have 10 total draft picks throughout the three day, 7 round process. Most websites simply consist of showing who they think the team will take in the first round, and maybe a two round mock draft, but there are a few rare media personalities who will take a staff at a full 7-round prediction.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ray Fitpaldo is one of those rogue journalists, and has its first full mock draft of the year. At this point these predictions are just stabs in the dark. Great for conversation and debate, but that is about it. Once the teams start heading to Pro Days, and host pre-draft visits, then you will start to see the focus narrow on these types of prediction articles.
For the record, Fittipaldo goes into great detail on all of his selections, you can read them all HERE, but out of respect to the work he did i will show his explanation of just his first round pick.
At this point, check out the full mock draft below, and feel free to let us know What you think of the haul in the comment section below.
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The projected trade has the Steelers sending their first-round pick (No. 20 overall) and second third-round pick (No. 84) to the Redskins in return for No. 15, where they can select Bush
Bush (5-11, 234) has rocketed up draft boards in the past few months thanks to a great combine workout. Very coveted. The Bengals, who own the No. 11 pick, need a linebacker to replace Vontaze Burfict and have been to Bush.
But the Bengals have a slew of need other than linebacker, including offensive line, tight end and maybe even quarterback. Don't forget: New Bengal coach Zac Taylor is an offensive-oriented coach from the Sean McVay coaching tree and will be able to choose his own quarterback at some point
The Redskins, meanwhile, will gladly take an extra third-round pick in return for five spots in the draft. Other than quarterback, their biggest need is corner and the value at corner is at the tail end of the first round and second round and after.
Why the Redskins? Well, Carolina holds the 16th pick, and the Panthers are looking for a replacement for Thomas Davis. The Steelers may have a three-down linebacker ahead of their lead.
The Steelers can afford a third-round pick because they recouped in early third (No. 66 overall) as part of the Antonio Brown trade. This deal allows the Steelers to address their biggest need while keeping a pick in every next round and three in the sixth to address their other deficiencies.
Here is the rest of my final seven-round mock draft. The Steelers take six defensive players and three offensive players.
2. S Darnell Savage of Maryland (5-11, 198)
3. WR Miles Boykin of Notre Dame (6-4, 220)
4. TE Josh Oliver of San Jose State (6-5, 249)
5. CB Iman Marshall or USC (6-1, 207) 6a. ILB T.J. Edwards of Wisconsin (6-0, 230)
6b. OLB Ben Banogu or TCU (6-3, 250)
6c. DL Jonathan Ledbetter of Georgia (6-4, 280)
7. Kerrith Whyte of Florida Atlantic (5-10, 197)