NFL Draft

Latest NFL.com Four-Round Mock Draft Has Steelers Going Heavy On Defense

Chad Reuter of NFL.com released his second multi-round mock draft of 2017 a few days ago and in his latest attempt he has tried to predict the first four rounds of all 32 teams.

In his latest offering, Reuter has a familiar name for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round as he has them selecting Temple edge-rusher Haason Reddick 30th overall. Reuter writes of the selection:

Reddick was one of the big winners at the Senior Bowl, and the Steelers need help inside and outside with Lawrence Timmons, James Harrison, and Jarvis Jones all free agents.

In the second round, Reuter has the Steelers selecting USC cornerback Adoree’ Jackson.

Jackson, who played in 40 games at USC, registered 139 total tackles to go along with 6 interceptions and 29 total pass breakups. He also returned 46 punts for 578 yards and 4 touchdowns at USC in addition to 79 kickoffs for 2141 yards and another 4 touchdowns. Ahead of the scouting combine he measures in at 5’11”, 185-pounds.

Here is what Lance Zierlein of the NFL Network thinks about Jackson, who he compares to Johnathan Joseph.

There are two things teams love — ball production from cornerbacks and return men who can play meaningful snaps on every down. Jackson fits those criteria. His lack of size and length are concerns, but he has the athleticism to step right in as a slot corner on the next level. His combination of coverage and return talent could make him an early impact player.

In the third round of his latest mock Reuter has the steelers selecting Wisconsin running back Corey Clement, who like Reddick, we’ve already profiled on the site for you.

Clement rushed for 3,092 yards and 36 touchdowns in the 42 total games that he played at Wisconsin in addition to catching 29 total passes for 279 yards and 2 touchdowns.

In the fourth and final round of his latest mock, Reuter has the Steelers selecting Michigan defensive Chris Wormley.

Wormley, who measures in at 6’5″, 297-pounds ahead of this years combine, registered 83 total tackles in the 38 games that he played at Michigan. That included 12 sacks and 24 tackles for loss. Below is what Zierlein has to say about Wormley.

Three-year starter who brings leadership and high character into the locker room. Wormley’s size and athleticism could appeal to teams that favor big, strong base ends who can set a physical edge and then bump inside as pass rushers. Wormley could be coaxed into a more sophisticated pass-rush approach with coaching, but he’s not there yet. His size, athleticism and versatility gives him a chance to earn early playing time and to become an eventual starter.

As you can see, three of Reuter’s four selections for the Steelers play on the defensive side of the football. It’s not a bit surprising to see him mock an edge-rusher, cornerback and running back to the Steelers in the first four rounds as these positions all appear to be primary team needs as we sit here in mid-February.

We plan on profiling Jackson and Wormley for you in the coming weeks so be on the lookout for those breakdowns.

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