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2019 Steelers Final 7 Round Mock Draft 4.0 – With Video!!!

April 19, 2019
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2019 Steelers Final 7 Round Mock Draft 4.0 – With Video!!!

I didn’t intend to do it but for my final Mock Draft I’ve got an even split between Offense and Defense with five picks apiece. I wanted to go with Defense in the 1st Round  but in order to land two impact players I had to flip my picks. With the addition of Cornerback Steven Nelson and Weakside Inside Linebacker, Mark Barron the Steelers eliminated the need for going to those two positions early in the Draft. By doing that there is a chance of the early picks being (with the exception of WR to replace Brown, of course) used as upgrades at starting positions. The positions targeted for those upgrades were Wide Receiver, Outside Linebacker, Tight End and Defensive End.

For most of the remainder of the Draft the attention was on upgrading the subs on both Offense and Defense as well as adding a Place Kicker to replace the broke Chris Boswell. There was need to fill L.J. Fort’s now vacant roster spot, get a high functioning #3 Running Back, someone to knock either WRs, Justin Hunter or Darrius Heyward-Bey, out of a job, challenge Dan McCullers at #2 Nose Tackle and give the Steelers a Safety with something other than ‘Strong’ in front of their title. I stayed away, totally, from drafting Cornerbacks. It seems a much better practice to sign veteran free agents both as starters and subs than spin the wheel on college prospects. The Steelers CB picks in recent years have almost totally been misses.

That said, this is a very deep draft and one of the first year’s in recent memory were all picks have a chance of making the final 53.

The 2019 Draft

Rd 1 – (20) WR/KR – Parris Campbell – Ohio State – 6’-0” – 205# – 4.31/40 – Even with his outstanding Combine most Mock Drafts don’t have Campbell going until the late 2nd to early 3rd Rd. We can only hope the other NFL teams are just as dense. The knocks on Campbell up through his Junior year were his routes and his hands. How did he respond? 200 reps a day on the Jugs machine. His routes at the Combine also looked crisp and detailed. Hasn’t been used much as a deep threat at Ohio State. Due to J.T. Barrett’s very limited passing game he was the underneath, yards after catch, specialist. By the time Dwayne Haskins took over, that role seemed deeply ingrained. All of that should serve Campbell well at the next level, having had to gut it out in the short game and across the middle. There’s tons of untapped potential, here. With Ben throwing to him and his blazing speed, look for the long balls to fly. Needs very little room to break off a big run after the catch. Can find the soft spot in coverage. Willing blocker who engages his assignment enough to take them out of the play. Tested great at the Combine scoring 5th in the Vertical (40.0 in.), 3rd in the Broad (135.0 in.), 1st in the 20 yd shuttle (4.03 sec.) and had a blazing fast forty (4.31 sec) 1st among Wide Receivers.

Campbell has also been a standout on kick returns, averaging a very impressive 30.4 yards per on 30 returns for his career. In his Junior year he had 40 receptions for 584 yards at 14.6 ypr and 3 TDS. Campbell had a break out season his Senior year, posting  90 catches for 1063 yards at a 11.8 yard average with 12 TDs. Also used in the running game on end arounds and jet sweeps. He had 23 runs for 210 yards at a 9.1 yard average and 2 TDs for his career.

Rd 2 – (52) Edge Rusher/OLB – Chase Winovich – Michigan – 6’-3” – 255# – 4.59/40 – Very high motor edge defender with impressive play strength. Winovich had his hand in the dirt for the Wolverines but he is a better fit at Outside Linebacker in the NFL. Comfortable playing both sides of the field but is more natural for the weak-side. Bud Dupree has raised his game to point where he is sort of an average OLB but that doesn’t cut it and he’s certainly not worth 9 million a year. Winovich could push him and may be able push him all the way out of the starting lineup. There’s a good chance of Winovich and T.J. Watt making a fearsome pass rushing duo. Tested faster (4.59/40) and showed much better agility and short area quickness than expected at the Combine. He scored 3rd on the 3 cone drill with 6.94 sec. and 1st in the 20 yard shuttle with 4.11 sec. among Edge Rushers.

Disruptive at the line of scrimmage and effects almost every snap even if he doesn’t make the play. Never gives up on a play. Shows good drive power. Doesn’t have a lot of pass rush moves at this point. Tends to rely on speed and athleticism, which will be harder to do at the next level. Very similar in body type, agility and play strength to T.J. Watt, which is a good thing. Untested in pass coverage but again, like Watt, is a former Tight End. He should be able to handle RBs and TEs. With some work on his technique and coverage skills he could develop into a high performing starter. In 2017 Winovich had 73 tackles, 19.0 for a  loss, 8.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries. He had 52 tackles for 13.0 for loss with 4.0 sacks, 1 pass deflection and 1 fumble recovery in 2018.

Rd 3 (66 from Raiders) – Tight End – Josh Oliver – San Jose St. –  6’-5” – 249# – 4.63/40 – Oliver is a 3 level target who can work both in-line and in the slot. He runs good routes and shows superior body control when going up the for a pass or tightroping the sideline. Sure handed and excels at combat catches. Displays speed to rip it up the seam and shows a good burst to make it to the ten yard marker. Has surprising build up speed on long routes. Ben will love him. Has all the physical gifts to be a dominating blocker but will need some work understanding assignments when he has to run block in space. Does well once he zeros in on his target. Solid in pass blocking showing a good base, hand use, waist bend and kick slide. Should begin as a number two, pass catching TE in his first year with strong starter potential into his second year and beyond.

Oliver had 35 catches for 296 yards at an 8.5 yard average with 1 TD in 10 games in 2017. In 2018 he became a much bigger part of the offense with 56 catches for 709 yards at a 12.7 yard average and 4 touchdowns.

Rd. 3 (83) Edge Rusher/ Defensive EndJoe Jackson – Miami – 6′-5″ – 275# – 4.77/40 – The Steelers seem to have moved on from L.T. Walton. Tyson Alualu has been a good sub but the D-Line needs augmenting. This pick also mitigates Bud Dupree’s improving but still lacking sack game and Stephon Tuitt’s too frequent injury woes.

Jackson had a better 2017 than 18 and so he has dropped down on most rankings. Still his 2018 wasn’t bad and he could be a steal. Tall edge rusher with good combination of speed and power. Flashes disruptive hands and a spin move but still needs work on technique. Will need some time to develop but has great athleticism. Should see playing time in his first year as a sub and situational pass rusher. Can set an edge against the run and stack and shed blockers. Speed and feistiness makes him difficult to block one on one. Disruptive player who usually impacts plays even if he doesn’t make the tackle or sack. Has speed to get around the outside of a single OT. Pro Day 4.77/40 would’ve placed him 3rd at the Combine among Defensive Linemen. Has starter potential and if Stephon Tuitt gets injured, with Jackson around, he may never get his job back.

59 tackles, 10.5 for a loss, 6.5 sacks,  2 pass deflections and 1 forced in 2017.  While Jackson’s tackle output dropped in 2018 to 47, his tackles for loss with 14 and sacks 9 improved. Jackson also added one interception, 4  passes deflections and a forced fumble.

Rd 4 (122) – WILLDavid Long – West Virginia – 5’-11” – 225# – 4.50/40 (projected) –The free agency signing of Mark Barron eliminated the need for Weakside Inside Linebacker (WILL) in the first round. Long may be small but he plays big. He seems to always be heading downhill and spends a good amount of time in the offense’s backfield. Uses his lack of size to an advantage to duck and squeeze under big Offensive Tackles. Good timing for shooting the gap on inside blitzes. Very disruptive force at the line of scrimmage and can change the course of plays even is he doesn’t get the tackle or sack. Swift sideline to sideline game. Can get swallowed up by big blockers and needs to develop more technique and moves to disengage. Looks comfortable in pass coverage. Can drop back, find his assignment and read the QB’s eyes well. Long should see time early as a sub and special teams missile and he has the potential to be an eventual starter.

In 2017 Long had 75 tackles with 15.5 for a loss, 3.5 sacks, 6 pass deflections and 1 fumble recovery in 9 games. He had a full season in 2018 and his numbers went up to 108 tackles, an eye-popping 19.5, for loss, 7.0 sacks, 4 pass deflections, 1 fumble recovery and 2 forced fumbles.

Rd 5 – (141 from Raiders) – Running Back – Trayveon Williams – Texas A&M – 5’-9” – 200# – 4.51/40 –  Thanks to the Raiders this pick is almost a late forth rounder. Stevan Ridley left all of his game back with the Patriots. It’s long past time for the Steelers to have three high functioning running backs on the roster.

Williams has the game of an every down back. He is undersized which will make him drop in the Draft. Still, he is very stout. A quick runner who needs very little daylight to make something happen. Shifty and capable of making a series of cuts all while going mostly north and south. He’s patient and allows plays to develop. Good contact balance and not taken down easily with arm tackles. A good blocker who uses his build and low center of gravity to hold his own against much bigger defenders. Can walk defensive lineman in the direction he wants them to go. He’s a good receiver who lined up sometimes in the slot. Catches the ball well on the run. Also caught passes out of the backfield where he made things happen on swings, outlets and wheel routes.

In 2018 Williams was the Aggies’ workhorse. He had 271 rushes with 1760 yards at a 6.5 yards per rush and 18 touchdowns. He added 27 catches for 278 yards at 10.3 yards per with one touchdown. He had a nagging ankle injury for the most of 2017. He recorded 173 carries for 798 yards at 4.6 yard per and 8 touchdowns. He also had 20 catches for 192 yards at 9.6 yard per reception.

Rd 6 (175 from Raiders) – Free Safety – Marquise Blair – Utah – 6’-1” – 195” – 4.42/40 – A Juco transfer, Blair has played Cornerback as well as Strong and Free Safety. Of all those he looks to be a very natural and rangy high Safety. He reads the plays very well, follows the QB’s intentions and breaks quickly on the play. Shows aggressive and dogged demeanor. An Academic PAC-12  All-American, Blair has the smarts to be the play caller for the Secondary.  Can be called upon for slot and tight end coverage duties. Was a good Strong Safety and did well is run support, though he’s a little thin for that position. Put a lot of pressure on QBs on outside blitzes even though he didn’t get any sacks. The Steelers have a glut of Strong Safeties. Blair would give them at least one natural Free Safety who has a good amount of versatility.

In 8 games Blair had 47 tackles, 3.0 for loss, 2 pass deflections and 1 fumble recovery for a TD in 2017. He spent the majority of 2018 at Free Safety and tallied 59 tackles, 2.0 for loss, 2 pass deflections, 2 interceptions and 1 forced fumble.

Rd 6 – (192) – Nose Tackle – Dontavius Russell – Auburn – 6′ 3″ – 319# – 5.15/40 – Dan McCullers needs competition. A four year starter at Defensive Tackle, Russell is a mauler in the middle and can shut down the running game between the tackles. Teams actually seemed to run plays designed to avoid going by him. He can collapse the O-Line if he gets his pad level low and gives a big push. Draws a lot of double teams, especially on run plays. Not a great pass rusher but his aggressiveness makes him a factor in that phase of the game. His fundamentals are a hot mess but his play strength is very impressive. With some coaching and development Russell could be a force to be reckoned with. Placed 7th among Defensive Linemen in both the 20 yard shuttle with 4.77 sec. and 3-Cone Drill with 7.81 sec. among Defensive Linemen, which indicates above average agility and short area quickness.

Russell had 46 tackles, 6.5 for loss, 3.0 sacks, 2 pass deflections and 1 forced fumble in 2017. In his Senior year he had 36 tackles, 6.0 for a loss and 1.5 sacks.

Rd 6 – (207 from Cardinals)- Place Kicker – Matt Gay – Utah – 6’-1” – 220# – OR Cole Tracy – LSU – 5-11” – 188# – Whichever is available. Chris Boswell has gone south. You never know why this happens to kickers but once it does they rarely can get it back. The Steelers can’t have a kicker who not only struggles to make extra points but will also choke any time he’s called on to make a game winning kick.

Matt Gay, a former soccer playing walk-on, has been perfect on 83 extra points in his career. He’s 54 for 63 on field goals for 85.7% with 7 field goals over 50 yards. 2017 Lou Groza award winner.

Cole Tracy was perfect on 38 extra points and was 25 on 29 attempts for an 86.2% average in 2018 for LSU. His longest kick was 54 yards. In 2017, in Division II, at Assumption college, Tracy connected on 27-of-29 field goals and made all 67 of his extra-points.

Rd 7 – (219 from Buccaneers) – WR – Stanley Morgan Jr. – Nebraska – 6’-0” – 202# – 4.53/40 – This pick is direct challenge to Darrius Heyward-Bey’s roster spot.  Morgan is a physical, intermediate to underneath receiver who also shows some deep route ability. Dependable target for the Cornhuskers. Knows how to get open in the zone. Strong runner after the catch with Slot Bully potential. Likes to bang it out across the middle. Good route runner. Great backup potential for Juju Smith-Schuster and his tape looks similar though not as spectacular. Sure handed and can dig catches out of the dirt. Good jumping ability and aggression going up on combat catches. Not the twitchiest of athletes. Shows ability to vary speed but didn’t seem to use that to draw defenders in and blow past them. There’s untapped potential that can be brought out by coaching. Above average blocker who shows good strength, technique and effort. Physicality indicates strong Special Teams potential. Tested well at the Combine in agility and change of direction scoring 2nd in the 3-Cone Drill (6.78) and 4th in the 20 Yard Shuttle (4.13) among Wideouts.

Had 61 catches for 986 yards at 16.2 per and 10 TDs in 2017. Showed the same kind of dependability in 2018 with 70 receptions for 1004 yards for a 14.3 yard average and 7 TDs.

Well, that’s my final mock for 2019. The Draft is almost here,  April 25th, 9:00 eastern on the NFL Network. Go to the on the Pittsburgh-Blitz Facebook page for real time Draft grades and we will grading the entire draft on the Pittsburgh-Blitz website once the final pick is in on April, 27th. 10 picks all with the potential to become new Steelers!!! What are your thoughts on this Mock? What players do you like for the Steelers and in what rounds???

Go Steelers!!!

Jeffrey Burton

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  1. Charles

    Not a chance they draft a receiver in round 1