NFL Draft

PFF Staff Mock Draft Has Steelers Going Edge, CB With First Two Picks

Pro Football Focus is currently conducting a full seven-round draft mock draft that includes their staff members being assigned teams. On Tuesday, they finished the first two rounds and as far as the Pittsburgh Steelers selections go, Zac Robinson chose for them and in the first round picked Missouri edge-rusher Charles Harris 30th overall.

Robinson explained his selection of Harris:

An instinctive pass-rusher with a variety of moves, Harris gives the Steelers an immediate impact getting after the passer in nickel packages. He will also be able to develop his game on the edge in base defense.

Harris, who measured in at this year’s scouting combine at 6026, 253-pounds, registered 135 total tackles, 17 sacks and five forced fumbles in the 38 games that he played in over the course of three seasons at Missouri.

The Steelers sent linebackers coach Joey Porter to the Missouri pro day several weeks ago but have yet to bring him in for a pre-draft visit.

In the second round, Robinson picked Central Florida cornerback Shaquill Griffin for the Steelers with the 62nd overall selection and he writes:

After playing the least amount of man coverage in the NFL a season ago, the Steelers are in need of a player who can allow them to play more press man. Griffin is a tough, physical corner with good ball skills, capable of playing press man and challenging receivers on the outside. He allowed a passer rating of 63.4 when targeted last season.

Griffin, who like Harris has yet to be brought in for a pre-draft visit, measured in at the combine at 6001, 194-pounds. He ran the 40-yard-dash in 4.38 seconds and posted a vertical jump of 38 ½ inches to go along with a 11’0” broad jump.

In the 46 games that Griffin played in during his college career he started 27 of them. He totaled 125 tackles over a four-season span in addition to seven interceptions and 36 total passes defensed.

The remaining five rounds of this mock will be posted on Wednesday and it will be interesting to see how Robinson fills out the Steelers remaining six selections.

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