With the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine now over and the annual college pro days now underway, several major media draft analysts are starting to release new versions of mock drafts.
On Monday, Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network released his third mock of the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft and he has the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams 30th overall.
The Steelers can’t rely on Martavis Bryant; Williams would be an incredible value if he were to slip this far down the board.
Indeed, Williams would be a great value if he fell that far to the Steelers and it’s hard to believe something like that will ultimately happen. Jeremiah’s reasoning for the selection, however, is fairly sound when it comes to the Steelers being unable to rely on wide receiver Martavis Bryant staying out of trouble with the league office.
Williams, who measured in at the combine at 6035, 218 pounds, caught 98 passes for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns last season at Clemson. His college career ended with 177 receptions for 2727 yards and 21 touchdowns.
At the combine, Williams chose not to participate in any of the timed drills and the current plan is for him to do so at his March 16 pro day. He did, however, do 15 reps on the bench while in Indianapolis and registered a vertical jump of 32.5 inches and a broad jump of 10’1″.
Jeremiah has Williams as his third wide receiver being drafted in the first round behind Corey Davis and John Ross. Curiously enough, Jeremiah left Connecticut defensive back Obi Melifonwu out of his latest mock draft.
The last time the Steelers drafted a wide receiver in the first round was in 2006 when they selected Santonio Holmes 25th overall.