I have had time to think since my last mock draft. I have also read a lot of other mock drafts. So so so so so many have the Steelers trading up to get their future signal caller. And I am no different! So without further adieu, let’s get into this final Steelers mock draft for 2022.
Team Needs: QB, S, DT, WR, OL, CB
First Round, Pick #20 = Drake London, WR
Previous Pick: Kenny Pickett, QB
But wait a second, you said…, they would…., the trade….???
It’s no secret that the Steelers covet Malik Willis. But the fact of the matter is, with the addition of Mitch Trubisky, the Steelers don’t have to sell the farm to trade up for Willis or Kenny Pickett. Willis could go as high as 6th to the Panthers or 8th to the Falcons. Pickett, I have slated to go 18th to the Saints. That said, if either are available at 20 the Steelers can/should grab one in the order of Willis then Pickett.
But with them off the board, the Steelers come away with a 6’4 playmaker in USC’s Drake London. The Steelers love drafting wide receivers and are quite good at it. With Juju Smith-Schuster, James Washington, and Ray-Ray McCloud all departing in free agency, that leaves the Steelers with holes to fill at the position. The recent waver acquisition of former Raven, Miles Boykin, helps. But it’s well known that the Steelers love to have a plethora of receivers. And they aim to give Trubisky all the weapons they can.
*TRADE* Second Round, Pick #38(From NY Jets) = Matt Corral, QB
Previous Pick: Jameson Williams, WR
As promised, the trade!
Trade Details: Jets get: 2022 2nd rd #52, 3rd rd #84 & 2023 3rd round pick
Steelers get: 2022 2nd #38
The New York Jets have 4 picks in the first 38 in this year’s draft, making them the ideal trade partner here. By giving up 2 3rd round picks (2022 & 2023) the Steelers are able to leap ahead of a few teams who may be looking to take a signal caller in the 2nd round.
With this pick, the Steelers get their future quarterback. Matt Corral is a bit undersized at 6’1, 215lbs. But he plays hard, runs like a running back, has a canon of an arm, and probably enters the NFL as a less raw prospect than Malik Willis, having played under Lane Kiffin in the SEC. His mobility as an RPO quarterback fits well into the offense Matt Canada hopes to run.
Despite Trubisky most likely winning the starting job in camp, Corral could be a prime candidate to see the field in 2022 if Matt Canada aims to get creative with the offense. We know Canada is a fan of the jet motion scheme. In the first year without their 18-year future Hall of Famer under center and Joe Burrow, Lamar Jackson, and now DeShawn Watson the other 3 quarterbacks in the division, expectations for this season aren’t super high for the Steelers. Anything 7-9 and above would be a win, so Canada could totally try a few things out with the offense this year. More and more, I like Corral to the Steelers in 2022.
Third Round, Pick #84 – Traded to the Jets
Previous Pick: Travis Jones, DT
Fourth Round, Pick #138 = Smoke Monday, S
Previous Pick: Smoke Monday, S
Yeah, I am sticking with Smoke Monday here.
The Steelers don’t just get an awesome name with this pick, they get depth and a potential special teams ace as well. Chances are that is where Smoke would contribute most, in the return game, while adding versatility and depth to both the safety and cornerback positions.
Sixth Round, Pick #208 = Jayden Peevy, DT
Previous Pick: Aaron Frost, OT
By this time, the Steelers know more than they are letting on about Stephon Tuitt’s return. They are giving him his space after the tragic loss of his brother in a hit-and-run last June. Regardless of his return, depth on the line was an issue last year after Tyson Alualu went down with an injury early in the season. The Steelers’ defense ranked one of the worst against the run in 2021. So adding depth on the line will be addressed sometime in this draft. Peevy had 43 tackles, two sacks, and one interception in 2021 for Texas A&M.
Seventh Round, Pick #225 = Ryan Van Demark, OT
Previous Pick: Tre Turner, WR
The Steelers made some key moves in free agency to address the OL, which ranked near the bottom of the league. They use the last day to add depth with Van Demark, a 4-year starter at UConn.
Seventh Round, Pick #241 = Sincere McCormick, RB
Previous Pick: Sincere McCormick, RB
Oh, you best believe I’m sticking with this pick. He can handle a heavy workload, the perfect option on the final day of the draft to take the load off Najee Harris because we all know Benny Snell can’t handle it. I am being sincere when I say, I want the Steelers to draft Sincere.
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