3 new mock drafts show just how cloudy the Steelers draft needs are
For most NFL teams it isn’t terribly difficult to find some sort of consensus about what its top need is in the 2023 NFL draft. This isn’t the case for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In fact, just by pulling three new mock draft from the Mock Draft Database, you get a glimpse of just how different pundits view this team’s top need.
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DT Calijah Kancey, Pitt
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EDGE Nolan Smith, Georgia
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CB Joey Porter Jr., Penn State
Tennessee defensive lineman Matthew Butler (94) and Georgia offensive lineman Broderick Jones (59) push one another during an SEC football game between Tennessee and Georgia at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021.
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As you can see, three different draft writers took three different looks at the first round. In the Draft Kings mock draft, Porter and Smith are still on the board. In the CBS Sports mock, Porter is gone but Smith isn’t. Finally, in the Tankathon mock, Kancey is still on the board and they don’t even have Smith going in the first round.
In the Draft Kings mock, the top three offensive tackles are off the board, so taking the highest-rated player makes sense. For CBS Sports, taking Smith over offensive tackle Broderick Jones is a risky move. Smith won’t start and Jones is plug and play on the offensive line.
Tankathon opts for a legacy, doesn’t put Smith in the first round at all and passes on Jones who also doesn’t make the first-round cut.
Story originally appeared on Steelers Wire