Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Pittsburgh Steelers 2022 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 7.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft, we will update our Pittsburgh Steelers Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Pittsburgh Steelers from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Steelers:

ESPN - Mel Kiper (4/13)

20. Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh

I'd feel much more comfortable taking Pickett here than I would in the top 10. Best-case scenario is that he's Derek Carr, and his floor is as an Andy Dalton-type, which isn't a bad quarterback by any means. Pittsburgh can win with that. Still, those two were taken in Round 2 and didn't have Round 1 expectations surrounding them. If Pickett falls into the Steelers' laps here, he'd be tough to pass up. And he has a little more upside than Mitch Trubisky.

The Draft Network - Keith Sanchez (4/13)

20. Zion Johnson, IOL, Boston College

I believe the Steelers were hoping that a quarterback would fall to them. But instead of trading up or over-drafting a passer, they address the offensive line.

The Steelers did a good job drafting Najee Harris, but in order for them to truly establish a running game, they need to improve the offensive line. That leads them to draft versatile offensive lineman Zion Johnson. - Lance Zierlein (4/12)

20. Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh

Outgoing general manager Kevin Colbert might be salivating over the prospects of adding Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis here, but Pickett is an ascending talent who could compete for a starting spot this season.

CBS Sports - Will Brinson (4/12)

20. Matt Corral, QB, Mississippi

Even with a lack of teams who need QBs there are still tons of teams willing to reach for them. Maybe the Steelers prefer Willis, but Corral has a hose and Matt Canada loves some RPOs.

PFF - Anthony Treash (4/11)

20. Malik Willis, QB, Liberty

Willis tops this quarterback class in terms of tools, as his rushing ability gives him a high floor while his big arm gives him one of the highest ceilings in the class. The Liberty product led the FBS in both PFF rushing grade (94.5) and big-time throw rate (11%) a season ago.

There are concerns about how raw he is as a passer, which makes it very possible he ends up closer to his floor in the long run. He will need to work on his decision-making, pocket presence, accuracy, timing and inconsistency within his platform. He made strides in some of those areas last season, but there is still a long road ahead.

ESPN - Jordan Reid (4/11)

20. Zion Johnson, IOL, Boston College

Even after adding James Daniels in free agency, the Steelers could continue to add along the offensive line.

There hasn't been a player who I've been more impressed with throughout the pre-draft process than Johnson. With versatility at guard and tackle throughout his career, he gained experience at center during the all-star game circuit and didn't suffer any type of drop-off. He could compete with free-agent signing Mason Cole for the top center spot.

CBS Sports - Ryan Wilson (4/11)

20. Treylon Burks, WR, Arkansas

Burks is a contested and high-point catch machine. Don't be fooled by his 4.55 40 at the combine -- he regularly outran defensive backs to the end zone in the SEC and that won't change in the NFL. The scariest part of his game is that he's not even close to his ceiling yet, and what better way to get there than in Green Bay. He reminds us of some combination of Anquan Boldin, JuJu Smith-Schuster and AJ Brown. The Steelers just lost Smith-Schuster and James Washington in free agency and they'll need to add some WRs in the draft. Burks isn't a bad place to start.

MORE TEAMS: All NFL Team Mock Draft Roundups

Previous updates:

More Pittsburgh Steelers content:

Also, check out more of our content:

Keep track of our site's updates: (1) follow us on Twitter, (2) like us on Facebook and/or (3) subscribe to our newsletter.