As seen on the Steelers Hangover, here are the results of the BTSC contributor mock draft.
Everybody’s doing mock drafts these days, so BTSC decided to do a few too. On the last episode of Steelers Hangover, Bryan Anthony Davis and Tony Defeo were joined by BTSC’s Michael Beck, Geoffrey Benedict and Mark Davison.
Take a look at the quintent’s picks below with selected written transcript of their commentary mixed in
1. Jacksonville Jaguars (Mark Davison)
Trevor Lawrence – Clemson
Mark: It’s Lawrence all day at No. 1.
BAD: Urban Meyer took the job in Jacksonville knowing that Lawrence would be available. There’s no way this kid doesn’t end up in Duvall.
2. New York Jets (Tony Defeo)
QB Zach Wilson – BYU
Tony: Zach Wilson to the Jets is about as certain as Trevor Lawrence to the Jags at this point. It’s tempting to pick a Kyle Pitts or Penei Sewell and hope that a Justin Fields or Mac Jones slips to 23, but that’s not realistic.
3. San Francisco 49ers (Michael Beck)
QB Trey Lance – North Dakota St.
Michael: The 49ers didn’t trade up for Mac Jones, let’s be real that is a smokescreen to lock in the guy they actually want, NDSU QB Trey Lance. Lance is the real deal and will benefit from a year behind Jimmy Garoppolo before taking over Kyle Shannahan’s offense.
Geoffrey: You’re leaving Justin Fields out there? Wow!
4. Atlanta Falcons (Geoffrey Benedict)
TE Kyle Pitts – Florida
Geoffrey: Atlanta still has Matt Ryan, they still have Julio Jones. With Kyle Pitts they add youth, and a top tier weapon to give Jones and Ryan an easier job. As for the future, just look what Travis Kelce did for Alex Smith and Patrick Mahomes.
BAD: This could extend Matt Ryan’s career
Michael: Best athlete in the draft.
5. Cincinnati Bengals (Mark Davison)
OT Penei Sewell – Oregon
Mark: They haven’t won a playoff game in 11,059 days. The Bengals were 1-5 vs. the AFC North In 2020. If they are to compete for the AFC North division, they first need to keep Joe Burrow standing upright.
Tony: That last playoff win was the day that Bo Jackson’s football career ended.
6. Miami Dolphins (Tony Defeo)
WR Ja’Marr Chase – LSU
Tony: The Dolphins do the smart thing and give Tua a major weapon to play with.
7. Detroit Lions (Michael Beck)
WR Jaylen Waddle – Alabama
Michael: Detroit could go a number of options here. But after losing Kenny Golladay to the Giants, they need a boost in the receiving core. Waddle may be the top receiver of the class and is a day one weapon for Jared Goff.
BAD: I was thinking defense here, but you’re right. They need the speedy receiver.
8. Carolina Panthers (Geoffrey Benedict)
OT Rashawn Slater – Northwestern
Geoffrey: Carolina needs blocking. Sam Darnold and Christian McCaffrey will be better with the best pass blocking tackle in this draft in front of them.
BAD: Love this pick. Love this player. Too bad this guy can’t fall to the Steelers. He’ssecond best Slater since A.C. form Saved By The Bell.
9. Denver Broncos (Mark Davison)
LB Micah Parsons – Penn State
Mark: Two years on and Drew Lock Is sitting on the hot seat. Many football and Denver Broncos fans are eager to draft a QB with the 9th overall pick. I disagree with this approach. The Broncos need to build a strong defense, as this will help keep football games close. Micah Parsons will be a great addition, as he Is speedy and tackles with force. Bring In a guy like Parsons to help control Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbet and Derek Carr.
Tony: I agree with Mark.
Michael: I’m going quarterback here. But I understand the need to get more high-powered on defense.
10. Dallas Cowboys (Tony Defeo)
CB Patrick Surtain II – Alabama
Tony: Cowboys are loaded on offense. Defense is another story.
11. New York Giants (Michael Beck)
WR DeVonta Smith – Alabama
Michael: Sure the Giants have already signed Kenny Golladay to be paired with Sterling Shepard in the receiving core. But the Giants try to take their offense to another level by adding the 2020 Heisman trophy winner, Devonta Smith. Smith would join a stacked skill position group and give Danny Jones another home run hitter.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (Geoffrey Benedict)
LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – Notre Dame
Geoffrey: Eagles need a cornerback and a linebacker. . . so they draft a guy who can do both. “Joker” brings a major upgrade to the Eagles pass defense and is an easy choice for this spot.
13. Los Angeles Chargers (Mark Davison)
OT Christian Darrisaw – Virginia Tech
Mark: The reason why Christian Darrisaw falls to the Los Angeles Chargers here Is to protect their 2020 NFL rookie of the year and future franchise QB Justin Herbet. Very similar to the Cincinnati Bengals pick at #5. The NFL teams who succeed and have long playoff runs are the teams who keep their QB healthy. Darrisaw’s addition will be helpful in the Chargers run game and most importantly Justin Herbet’s Charger Jersey needs to remain powder blue.
Geoffrey: Good pick.
Michael: He’s a beast.
14. Minnesota Vikings (Tony Defeo)
EDGE Jaelan Phillips – Miami (Fla.)
Tony: The Vikings could go for a tackle here, but considering their meager pass-rush, Phillips could be too intriguing to pass up.
Michael: If he gets those injuries taken care of, Phillips is a dangerous pass rusher.
15. New England Patriots (Michael Beck)
QB Justin Fields – Ohio State
Geoffey: Don’t do it, Michael
Michael: Fields finally comes off the board when the Patriots come calling. The thought of Fields learning behind Newton before taking over the offense is a scary thought. Hopefully someone leapfrogs New England.
BAD: I’ve changed my tune on this guy. He’s a leader. He’s accurate and he has a strong arm.
Geoffrey: Justin Fields is my favorite player in the draft. I want to go back and change my picks. I don’t want to see him fall to New England.
16. Arizona Cardinals (Geoffrey Benedict)
CB Jaycee Horn – South Carolina
Geoffrey: Steelers West takes a corner I would love to see fall to #24 (he won’t). Horn is an athletic freak, but he also has shown growth as a player, learning from the beatings he received in the SEC and becoming more of an NFL corner while in college.
17. Las Vegas Raiders (Mark Davison)
EDGE Kwity Paye – Michigan
Mark: The Las Vegas Raiders are renowned for their gritty and hard hitting style of play. Kwity Paye as an edge defender will hopefully embody the Raider spirit. The Michigan Wolverine Is looking to bring back that nasty fire that Raiders fans expect.
Geoffrey: Good pick. The Raiders don’t like one dimensional pass rushers. Good fit here. He’s a mauler and a fighter.
18. Miami Dolphins (Tony Defeo)
RB Najee Harris – Alabama
Tony: The Dolphins continue to supply Tua with offense weapons and take the first back off the board.
Michael: This boosts up the offense. I can see them going in that direction.
19. Washington Football Team (Michael Beck)
QB Mac Jones – Alabama
Michael: The Alabama pivot finally comes off the board when it’s the quarterback needy Football Team’s turn to pick. Jones stock has skyrocketed after the season but for no real reason this feels like an appropriate time for him to come off the board.
Geoffrey: Best possible WFT QB since Gus Frerotte.
20. Chicago Bears (Geoffrey Benedict)
OL Alijah Vera-Tucker – USC
Geoffrey: QB’s are gone, and the Bears have enough need on the O-line they can take a talented lineman that may or may not be a tackle and let him find his spot.
BAD: They wanted Mac Jones here.
21. Indianapolis Colts (Mark Davison)
CB Greg Newsome II – Northwestern
Mark: Newsome II Is an outstanding cover corner and plays receivers tight and physical. I look forward to seeing this guy improve his game and future matchups against the number one overall pick Trevor Lawrence from Clemson.
Michael: He’s a hot commodity these days. He could sneak into the teens or the top ten.
22. Tennessee Titans (Tony Defeo)
EDGE Azeez Ojulari – Georgia
Tony: The Titans had a woeful 19 sacks in 2020. Olujari could help with that.
23. New York Jets (Michael Beck)
RB Travis Etienne – Clemson
Michael: This one stings for Steelers fans, but the New York Jets are probably the only team with a worse running back room than the Steelers. They need to give Zach Wilson some weapons and they do that in the form of running back, Travis Etienne.
Tony: Ughhhhhh! Son of a…!
BAD: I know the fans wanted Etienne in Pittsburgh, but the Jets need a rusher. Good pick.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers (Staff Pick)
OT Teven Jenkins – Oklahoma State
OT Teven Jenkins – Oklahoma State (Tony)
Jenkins may be the safest pick at this point, and given his penchant for being a brawler on running plays, he could be the best fit for what the Steelers want their offense to be under Matt Canada.
OT Samuel Cosmi – Texas (Michael)
Long arms, strong, and athletic what else could you want in a tackle? But I’ll Jump on board with Jenkins.
C Creed Humphrey – Oklahoma (Geoffrey)
Not the run game mauler that Jenkins is, but he is a Steeler-level athlete at Center.
LB Zaven Collins – Tulsa (Mark) Bush and Collins together could be lethal. Zaven is fast and a good tackler.
RB Javonte Williams – North Carolina (BAD)
Ultimately I want the Steelers to trade down slightly at this point, but we areb’t allowing trades in our mock. Williams is not going to be there at No. 55 for the Steelers. I think that they can get center and offensive tackle in the second and third. Teams haven’t been taking running backs much in the first round lately, but I think Williams fits here a little earlier than they wanted.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (Geoffrey Benedict)
DT Christian Barmore – Alabama
Geoffrey: Jacksonville (with no tackle worth taking here) avenges the Steelers taking Tyson Alualu back from them by drafting Barmore, who reminds me a lot of both Stephon Tuitt and Cameron Heyward.
26. Cleveland Browns (Mark Davison)
LB Zaven Collins – Tulsa
Mark: I have Zaven Collins falling to the Steelers at #24. However, if the Steelers do not pick him up for defense depth as a possible future starter, the Browns will. The AFC North division remains one of the hardest with Collins becoming a Brownie.
Tony: That’s a revenge pick.
Geoffrey: That’s a good pick.
BAD: If you are Cleveland, you’re chomping at the but to get this guy. He could be the piece of the puzzle on defense to take Cleveland to the next level.
27. Baltimore Ravens (Tony Defeo)
WR Rashod Bateman – Minnesota
Tony: The Ravens will try yet again to upgrade at the receiver position.
BAD: Definitely a wide receiver here, It could be a different one though. But the 6’1” kid from Minnesota is a fine pick.
28. New Orleans Saints (Michael Beck)
CB Caleb Farley – Virginia Tech
Michael: Talents like Farley only fall in the draft because of outside issues. I think he’s in play for the Steelers at No. 24. In this case it’s multiple back surgeries keeping Farley from being the top-10 pick that he should be. The Saints roll the dice and try to stack a pretty strong secondary.
Bryan: I love Farley, but the back injuries scare me.
29. Green Bay Packers (Geoffrey Benedict)
C Creed Humphrey- Oklahoma
Geoffrey: Green Bay gets an elite athlete at center to replace Corey Linsey. Humphrey will thrive in their outside zone run schemes and will fit their offensive line philosophy perfectly.
BAD: Absolutely a perfect fit.
Michael: I agree
30. Buffalo Bills (Mark Davison)
TE Pat Freiermuth – Penn State
Mark: Pat Freiermuth at #30 for the Buffalo Bills Is a great pick up. The reason I believe Freiermuth will succeed in Buffalo is based on the elements. A playmaking tight end with good hands and very athletic. Josh Allen will have another weapon to throw to on the offense. Who In their right mind wants to tackle Freiermuth all day long In the freezing city of Buffalo?
31. Kansas City Chiefs (Tony Defeo)
OT Samuel Cosmi – Texas
Tony: Given their issues along the offensive line, the Chiefs will likely sprint to the podium to select a player of such value at 31.
BAD: They’ll love this in KC.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Bryan Anthony Davis)
RB Javonte Williams – North Carolina
Michael: I don’t want to make this pick.
BAD: Even though they need to add to the defensive line, the Super Bowl Champs need a runner more. He’s a three-down, workhorse of a back.
Geoffrey: Exactly what happened last year with Clyde Edwards-Hellaire when the champs took a running back to end the first round.
There you have it. We will circle back and see how many of these we get right. Of course, there will be trades, reaches and shockers. Stick with BTSC for un the spot draft coverage galore.