The 82nd National Football League Draft comes to the Keystone State this month at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at Eakins Oval, which is along the Ben Franklin Parkway. The seven rounds of the draft take place Thursday, April 27 to Saturday, April 29 and are on ESPN, ESPN2 and the NFL Network.
Pittsburgh Steelers vice president and general manager Kevin Colbert, head coach Mike Tomlin, and college scouting coordinator Phil Kreidler are moving forward and preparing a list of whom to take with the 30th pick overall in the first round.
Experts around the internet are sharing their forecasts on who the Black and Gold may select Thursday evening near the end of the first round. Time to hit the keyboard and see who the Steelers could be thinking about to help the team in 2017.
Chris Collinsworth shared his prognostications on profootballfocus.com, and he projects defensive end Carl Lawson of Auburn as Pittsburgh’s pick. The 6-foot-2, 257-pound redshirt junior put up 15 solo tackles and assisted on 15 more for a total of 30 stops, 13.5 tackles for a loss of 77 yards, and nine sacks in 2016.
Walter Cherepinsky and the staff at walterfootball.com believes the Black and Gold will take Notre Dame junior quarterback DeShone Kizer to groom behind Ben Roethlisberger. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound signal caller for the Fighting Irish completed 212 of 361 pass attempts for 2,925 yards, nine interceptions, and 26 touchdowns.
Ryan Wilson from cbssports.com agrees with Collinsworth’s outlook for Pittsburgh and likes Auburn’s Lawson. The native of Alpharetta, Georgia owned an NFL combine-best 35 reps of 225 pounds.
Bleacher Report’s Adam Wells revealed Mel Kiper Jr.’s NFL Grade-A Mock Draft, and the ESPN pundit envisions the Steelers selecting wide receiver Zay Jones of East Carolina. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound senior from Austin, Texas hauled in 158 passes for 1,746 yards and eight touchdowns.
Lance Zierlein of nfl.com in his fourth overall mock draft looks through the tea leaves and has Pittsburgh’s choice as tight end David Njoku of Miami. The 6-foot-4, 245-pound redshirt sophomore collected 43 passes for 698 yards and eight touchdowns for the Hurricanes.
Chris Burke at si.com goes with Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams to help the Black and Gold’s offense. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound redshirt junior recorded 98 receptions for 1,361 yards and 11 trips to the end zone.
Fox Sports‘ Dieter Kurtenbach prefers Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie to bolster the Steelers’ defense. The 6-foot, the 205-pound senior defensive back had 48 solo stops and assisted on 12 tackles for a total of 60.
Should Pittsburgh go offense or defense? Who do you think the Steelers will take at No. 30 in the first round? Let the rest of Steelers Nation know in the comments section.