We’re not going to be recapping quite as many major media mock drafts early this offseason due to most of them being of the first-round variety. With the Pittsburgh Steelers not currently possessing a first-round draft pick this year, we’ll have to wait for the multi-round mocks from major media draftniks to start trickling out.
One already has, however, and it comes courtesy of Dane Brugler, a longtime draft analyst who now writes for The Athletic. A little over a week ago, Brugler released a two-round mock draft and in it he has the Steelers selecting Florida EDGE Jonathan Greenard in the second-round with the 49th overall pick.
Brugler did not provide any rhyme reason or quick synopsis on Greenard, who is taking part in the 2020 Senior Bowl this week after registering 9.5 sacks and 52 total tackles in his one season at Florida. Greenard played his three previous college seasons at Louisville. A wrist injury in Louisville’s 2018 opener against Alabama ended that season right as it was getting started. In the 25 games that Greenard did play at Louisville, he registered 9.5 sacks and 22.5 total tackles for loss.
I have a quick contextualization of Greenard’s 9.5 sacks from this past season for all to view below and it’s not full of impressive ones. He was virtually unblocked on a few of them and one came via an intentional grounding with another coming on a quarterback running out of bounds while being chased. He also had three half sacks that make up the 9.5 total he had in 2019.
Greenard measured in earlier this week at the Senior Bowl at 6034, 262-pounds with 9-inch hands, 34 1/2-inch arms and an 81 1/8-inch wingspan. He is 22 years of age and will turn 23 in late May. He reportedly has had a nice showing so far in the Senior Bowl practices and he’ll be a player to watch closely during Saturday’s game.
Brugler having Greenard as the Steelers second-round selection does not make a lot of sense after watching a few of Florida’s 2019 games. Greenard will more than likely wind up being drafted way later than the second-round as well. He feels more like a fourth or fifth-round prospect.