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Breaking down the Steelers picks in 7-round mock draft

Creating a seven-round mock draft is a massive undertaking. So when Ian Cummings of the Pro Football Network put out a seven-rounder for the 2024 NFL draft, we had to give it a look.

Cummings has the Steelers trading up from pick No. 20 to No. 17 in the first round and giving up the No. 84 pick in this same draft to do it. Let’s break down each of the picks. And no hate Cummings, these types of projects are crazy hard.

First round - OT JC Latham, Alabama

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Cummings had the Steelers trade up three spots to draft Latham, a powerful run blocker. But trading up to sneak ahead of the Bengals to pick him and seeing Amaraius Mims going well after him makes that trade seem foolish.

Second round - G Christian Haynes, UConn

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Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Cummings says the Steelers would experiment with Haynes at center. That’s a no for me. The Steelers already did this dance with Kendrick Green and failed. No way they try that again.

Third round - Traded away

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The pick the Steelers traded away turned into Michigan defensive tackle Kris Jenkins. If I have to pick between Latham or a combo of Mims and Jenkins, I’m taking the two picks 100 times out of 100.

Fourth round - CB Khyree Jackson, Oregon

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Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Khyree Jackson in the fourth round is a nice value and would definitely add a playmaker in the defensive secondary. Solid pick at a position of need.

Fourth round - S Malik Mustapha, Wake Forest

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Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Malik Mustapha is a crazy athlete and his skills make up for any lack of height. He’s definitely better than any player on the roster currently who would start next to Minkah Fitzpatrick.

Sixth round - CB Jarrian Jones, FSU

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Melina Myers-USA TODAY Sports

Not sure if Cummings meant to double up on cornerbacks but at this point in the draft, I’d much rather see a developmental wide receiver or defensive lineman to help bolster depth.

Seventh round - WR Devaughn Vele, Utah

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Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

I happen to really like Devaughn Vele as a prospect with his size and willingness to block. Just not sure if he will last to the seventh round. I’d probably have selected him in the sixth in this scenario and in this round go for a player like Nathaniel Watson or Tommy Eichenberg to help with the team’s inside linebacker situation.

Re-drafting the mock draft

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Ok, so if this was my scenario, here is how it would have gone. First off there would be no trade up.

First round – OT Amarius Mims, Georgia

Second round – DT T’Vondre Sweat, Texas

Third round – WR Malik Washington, Virginia

Fourth round – CB Khyree Jackson, Oregon

Fourth round – S Malik Mustapha, Wake Forest

Sixth round – LB Marist Liufau, Notre Dame

Seventh round – QB Joe Milton, Tennessee

This mock misses out on a rookie center but it’s the way things fell. Jackson Powers-Johnson and Zach Frazier are the two guys I would target and one was gone before the Steelers first-round pick and the other before their second.

Story originally appeared on Steelers Wire