Dulac Picks Peppers For Steelers In Annual L.A. Times Beat Writer Mock Draft

The Los Angeles Times held their annual NFL beat-writers’ mock draft on Thursday and you can see the pick-by-pick results below. If you would like to read the full explanations of each and every selection you can do so by following the link.

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette picked for the Pittsburgh Steelers and he drafted Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers with the 30th overall selection and he writes:

The Steelers are looking for playmakers in the secondary who can cover the field. With so much sub package, Peppers would be the ideal fifth DB for now.

Peppers has showed up quite often as the Steelers first-round selection in several major media mock drafts as of late. Additionally, a few weeks ago, Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network reported that Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is quite fond of Peppers.

“I can tell you at that 30th pick, GM Kevin Colbert loves Jabrill Peppers,” Kinkhabwala reported nine days ago during a television segment. “Will he actually be available, that of course will be the big question.”

Peppers, who measured in at this year’s scouting combine at 5107, 213-pounds, ran the 40-yard-dash in 4.46 seconds while in Indianapolis. Last season he registered 72 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and one interception as a linebacker. During his 2015 season as a defensive back, Peppers recorded 45 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and a career-high 10 defensed passes. He also played some running back at Michigan in addition to returning punts and kickoffs.

So, did Dulac choose wisely for the Steelers based on the way the first 29 picks went? Who would you have selected instead of Peppers? Let me know in the comments below.

1 Cleveland Browns DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain Dealer
2 San Francisco 49ers DE Solomon Thomas, Stanford Matt Barrows, Sacramento Bee
3 Chicago Bears FS Malik Hooker, Ohio State Rich Campbell, Chicago Tribune
4 Jacksonville Jaguars DT Jonathan Allen, Alabama Ryan O’Halloran, Florida Times-Union
5 Tennessee Titans SS Jamal Adams, LSU Jason Wolf, The Tennesseean
6 New York Jets CB Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State Brian Costello, New York Post
7 Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams, Clemson Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times
8 Carolina Panthers RB Leonard Fournette, LSU Joe Person, Charlotte Observer
9 Cincinnati Bengals DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee Paul Dehner, Cincinnati Enquirer
10 Buffalo Bills QB Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina Tim Graham, Buffalo News
11 New Orleans Saints OLB Haason Reddick, Temple Jeff Duncan, New Orleans Times-Picayune
12 Cleveland Browns TE O.J. Howard, Alabama Jeff Schudel, News Herald
13 Arizona Cardinals ILB Reuben Foster, Alabama Kent Somers, Arizona Republic
14 Philadelphia Eagles WR John Ross, Washington Les Bowen, Philadelphia Daily News
15 Indianapolis Colts OLB Takkarist McKinley, UCLA Stephen Holder, Indianapolis Star
16 Baltimore Ravens WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan Jeff Zrebeic, Baltimore Sun
17 Washington Redskins RB Christian McCaffrey, Stanford Master Tesfatsion, Washington Post
18 Tennessee Titans OL Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky Jason Wolf, Tennessean
19 Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Dalvin Cook, Florida State Rick Stroud, Tampa Bay Times
20 Denver Broncos OT Garett Bolles, Utah Mike Klis, 9News
21 Detroit Lions DE Taco Charlton, Michigan Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press
22 Miami Dolphins DT Malik McDowell, Michigan State Omar Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
23 New York Giants TE David Njoku, Miami Tom Rock, Newsday
24 Oakland Raiders ILB Jarrad Davis, Florida Vic Tafur, San Francisco Chronicle
25 Houston Texans QB Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech John McClain, Houston Chronicle
26 Seattle Seahawks CB Kevin King, Washington Bob Condotta, Seattle Times
27 Kansas City Chiefs QB Deshaun Watson, Clemson Terez Paylor, Kansas City Star
28 Dallas Cowboys DE Charles Harris, Missouri Charean Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
29 Green Bay Packers OLB T.J. Watt, Wisconsin Pete Dougherty, Green Bay Press-Gazette
30 Pittsburgh Steelers SS Jabrill Peppers, Michigan Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
31 Atlanta Falcons DE Carl Lawson, Auburn D. Orlando Ledbetter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
32 New Orleans Saints CB Tre’Davious White, LSU Larry Holder, New Orleans Times-Picayune
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