Mock drafts are everywhere and this year the concept of a seven-round prediction is even more difficult due to the global circumstances. With very little expectations, BTSC’s Bryan Anthony Davis throws his hat in the mock ring.
I can remember my mom saying when I was a kid, “If your friends jumped off a bridge, it doesn’t mean you have to too”, In fact, I think my wife said that very same thing to me just last month”.
In all actuality, I’m not one to usually follow the crowd. I try to be a leader, not a minion. My schemes are sometimes very harebrained and I struggle to get people to jump on my bandwagon, but I try to lead nonetheless.
But this time around, I’m going to join the fray and do a mock draft.
But it’s not just any old mock draft, it’s a seven-round draft. And it’s not any old seven-round mock draft, it’s a seven-round mock draft complete with trades and an alternative reality pick.
Like I tell my kids, don’t just check the box to get a task done. Try to be original. While other mockers try to prognosticate and be experts, my goal is to not take my self too serious. It’s kind of like mockery of the mock draft process. If I get one guy right out of the names that I have listed below, I’ll consider that a victory.
Here’s what I got…enjoy.
Kevin Colbert mentioned in his press conference this week that if he traded down five spots, there would need to be five players that they would want to pick. In this trade scenario, the Steelers move back five spots and get one of the running backs that they covet. In the mock trade inspired by BTSC’s Michael Beck, the Packers receive Pick No. 24 (Round 1) and Pick No, 216 (Round 6) for their Pick No. 29 (Round 1), Pick No. 92 (Round 3) and Pick No. 178 (Round 5).
Round 1, Pick No. 29 (Mock Trade with Green Bay)
RB Javonte Williams – North Carolina
He doesn’t have the name recognition of Najee Harris and Travis Etienne, but Javonte Williams could be a bell cow and a superstar for the Steelers. Javonte was sixth in the NCAA in 2020 on only 157 carries and he reached the end zone 19 times on the ground and three as a receiver. Williams is more than capable as a pass blocker and a superb receiver as well, but his biggest strength is breaking tackles. Forget that he isn’t a marquee talent out of Bama or LSU, Williams could be the toast of the Steel City.
Alternate Reality Pick: RB Earl Megget – Mean Machine
Portrayed by Nelly in “The Longest Yard”
Round 2, Pick No. 55
CB Eric Stokes – Georgia
With Steven Nelson gone as a salary cap casualty, Mike Hilton rumbling in the jungle that is Cincinnati and possible legal implications being faced by Justin Layne after a recent arrest, the Steelers tab the 6’1” Stokes to study behind Cam Sutton and eventually move into the starting lineup. With quickness and nice coverage skills, the Georgia CB can cover receivers well, outside and in the slot. Stokes is a possible steal here
Alternate Reality Pick: CB Trumaine – Central (HS) Wildcats, Chicago, Ill
Portrayed by Wesley Snipes in “Wildcats” – 1986
Round 3, Pick 87
C Josh Meyers – Ohio State
Meyers has all the qualities of an NFL center. The Ohio State Buckeye boasts the size, toughness, strength and football IQ that the Steelers need to replace Maurkice Pouncey.
Worst: Play range, space play
Projection: A starting center in a power based blocking scheme.
Alternate Reality Pick: G/C Laikai Manumana – Texas State Armadillos
Played by Peter Tuiasosopo in “Necessary Roughness” – 1991
Round 3, Pick 92 (Mock Trade with Green Bay)
ILB Cameron McGrone – Michigan
McGrone is an explosive 3-4 inside linebacker that would team well with former teammate Devin Bush Jr. More of a fierce defender against the run than the pass, McGrone could be the heir apparent to Vince Williams.
Alternate Reality Pick: ILB Alvin Mack – Eastern State University
Played by Duane Davis in “The Program” – 1993
Round 4, Pick 128
OT James Hudson – Cincinnati
At 6’5” and 313 pounds, Hudson is a raw and athletic specimen that will need to improve his pass-protection skills. But like Alejandro Villanueva, he could be a future starter at LT once he grows into the role. With the presence of Chuks Okorafor and Zach Banner, Hudson has time to gel at the next level.
Alternate Reality Pick: OT Chewbacca – The Rebel Alliance/Kashyyyk (HS) Wookiees
Played by Peter Mayhew in “Star Wars” – 1977-2015
Round 4, Pick 140
WR Anthony Schwartz – Auburn
Schwartz is fast with a capital F. He’s rising up draft boards and would be dangerous in Pittsburgh.
Alternate Reality Pick: WR Charlie Tweeder – West Canaan (HS) Coyotes – West Canaan, TX
Played by Scott Caan in “Varsity Blues” – 1999
Round 5, Pick 178 (Mock Trade with Green Bay)
EDGE Shaka Toney – Penn State
Although a bit undersized, Shaka Toney excels at getting to the passer. The Nittany Lion would add fantastic depth behind T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith.
Alternate Reality Pick: EDGE Julius Campbell – T.C. Williams (HS) Titans, Alexandria, VA
Played by Wood Harris in “Remember The Titans” – 2000
Round 7, Pick 245
DT Tedarrell Slaton – Florida
Impressive size at 360 lbs., Slaton gets great leverage and strength in the trenches and coud be a developmental NT for the Steelers.
Alternate Reality Pick: DT Andre Krimm – Texas State Armadillos
Played by Sinbad in “Necessary Roughness” – 1991
Round 7, Pick 254
TE Pro Wells – TCU
The Steelers need a blocking tight end to pair with Eric Ebron. Wells can catch the ball as well with three touchdowns last season.
Alternate Reality Pick: TE Brian Murphy – Washington Sentinels
Played by David Denman in “The Replacements” – 2000