ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. has the Pittsburgh Steelers addressing the offensive line in his latest mock draft. ESPN analyst Todd McShay has the Steelers taking a cornerback, though not one who has been frequently linked to them.
Kiper Jr. threw a bit of a curveball in his fifth mock draft by having the Steelers take Notre Dame tackle Zack Martin at No. 15 overall. McShay also went in a different direction with the Steelers in his fifth mock draft, pairing them with Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller in the first round.
Of the Martin pick, Kiper wrote: Pittsburgh could go cornerback here, but I don't like the value with the top two off the board. Receiver is also an option.
McShay has the Steelers taking Fuller at No. 15 overall with Dennard and Beckham off the board.
He considered Fuller, Gilbert and Mosley for the Steelers in the first round.
Of the Fuller selection, McShay wrote: I'm sure they'd love to have Gilbert's playmaking ability, but they've always gone for more physical corners like Fuller over guys like Gilbert who don't get up and press and are poor tacklers. If they can find a way to trade back and add extra picks, that'd be a good move.
It is interesting that Kiper Jr. and McShay have the players (Dennard and Beckham) who have been most frequently linked to the Steelers off the board before the 15th overall pick.