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Pittsburgh Steelers 2024 NFL Draft Prospect Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr.

The 2024 NFL Draft is right around the corner, and Steelers Now has you covered for the first round and beyond, with every mock draft, big board and piece of draft news you need.

Here’s our Top 100 big board from analyst Derrick Bell:

1. QB Caleb Williams, USC
Playmaking phenom with an innate feel for creating explosive plays out of thin air. Williams has the arm talent that NFL evaluators obsess over but his repeatable mechanics, anchored by a snappy throwing motion and clean footwork, offer optimism for down-to-down consistency. His reputation as a big play hunter is well-founded and he needs to become more comfortable playing within the structure of the offense. Having said that, Williams possesses special traits at his disposal and the competitive nature necessary to become one of the game’s elite in the future.

2. WR Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State
Classic, prototype X receiver who possesses a rare blend of size, fluidity and technical refinement. Even on the rare occasion where defenders make the rep seem competitive, Harrison’s body control and catch radius make it look like he’s playing the game on easy mode. This is a day-one alpha on the perimeter and a transcendent talent who could realistically meet already sky-high expectations.

3. WR Malik Nabers, LSU
Turbo-charged playmaker who can consistently slice defenses up at all three levels of the field. Nabers has a knack for quickly transitioning from receiver to runner, with change of direction agility and burst that contribute to house calls. At just 20 years old and already insanely dynamic, it’s scary to think about what he could transform into down the line with more time to hone in on his craft.

4. OT Joe Alt, Notre Dame
Franchise-altering left tackle prospect who is very light on his feet, consistently balanced with an understanding of how to use his levers to make first significant contact. Alt isn’t necessarily a people mover with jarring play strength, but he’s still a solid run blocker already. He’s such a good athlete who plays with shockingly good leverage despite his height and has all the goods to protect a star quarterback at the next level.

5. WR Rome Odunze, Washington
Dominant ball-winner on the vertical plane thanks to natural tracking ability and hand-eye coordination at the catch point. In addition to that, he’s a savvy, detailed route runner who can change gears and beat man coverage. Odunze isn’t extraordinarily explosive but you’re drafting a tailor-made WR1 that can be the focal point of a quality passing attack right out of the gate.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2024 NFL Draft Prospect North Carolina QB Drake Maye

North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Drake Maye (10) September 23, 2023 — David Hague/Pittsburgh Sports Now

6. QB Drake Maye, North Carolina
Ultra-aggressive passer with prototypical size and an arm that allows him to access every inch of the field. Maye has every club in his bag: he can generate easy velocity when necessary, throw with touch over the middle and launch javelins deep down the sideline with impressive precision. The footwork isn’t consistent enough yet, which leads to some wild sprays on throws that he should be able to make in his sleep. Still just 21 years old, the Tar Heel is dripping with potential and has to scratch the surface of his extremely high ceiling.

7. OL Troy Fautanu, Washington
Outstanding athlete with lightning quick strikes to combine a unique, aggressive playstyle capable of keeping defenders off balance on every snap. Fautanu’s snatch-trap move is epic but his playstyle is a bit hectic in nature which does lead to some rough losses on tape. However, he was tested in college and showed the capability of maximizing his length and athleticism which give credence to the notion that he could potentially be a five-position player on the offensive line.

8. DT Johnny Newton, Illinois
Compact, one-man wrecking crew that uses a lightning-fast first step and hands that are just as accurate as they are quick. Newton is in the sixth percentile for wingspan for an interior defensive lineman and perhaps that becomes a bigger hurdle at the next level. However, we do not see interior defensive lineman come out every cycle and whoever selects him will be getting a day-one disrupter in the core of their defense.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2024 NFL Draft prospect, Penn State OT Olu Fashanu

Olu Fashanu. — Matt Lynch / Nittany Sports Now

9. OT Olu Fashanu, Penn State
Rangy pass protector with rare movement skills and flashes of independent hand usage that indicate a high-quality understanding of the position. Fashanu was rarely challenged but the Ohio State film showcased what happens when NFL-caliber edge rushers take advantage of him playing too tall in pass pro. The position comes natural to him as he’s already a polished pass blocker that understands stunts/blitzes at a high level and has immense upside, especially if he becomes a more physical run blocker.

10. TE Brock Bowers, Georgia
Alignment-versatile chess piece that operates like a power slot, with excellent run-after-catch ability and magnets for hands. While he does function just fine as an in-line tight end, he’s not an overly impactful run blocker at this point. We’ve seen him dominate top competition for years and if you are classifying Bowers as a tight end, you are simply missing the point because his receiving acumen allows you to create so many advantageous matchups in the passing game.

11. EDGE Dallas Turner, Alabama
Bursty edge rusher that can bend the corner and show off his lower body flexibility or sequence moves off his long-arm stab attack. He’s more speed-finesse as a player but he could stand to get a little stronger so long as it’s not at the sacrifice of his explosiveness. Turner is a well-rounded pass rusher but his effort as a run defender took another step forward in 2023, offering assurance that he’ll be a three-down standout in the NFL.

12. DT Byron Murphy II, Texas
Strong and violent interior lineman who combines that raw strength with good lower body flexibility and a red-hot motor to get into the backfield. Similar to Johnny Newton, his length leaves some to be desired and Murphy could stand to finish plays on a more consistent basis. There are very few holes in his game and with explosive interior rushers at a premium right now, his takeover moments are more enough to invest a high draft pick.

13. EDGE Laiatu Latu, UCLA
Sack artist with an insanely deep bag of moves at his disposal which led to his ultra-productive collegiate career. Latu doesn’t have the elite first step that most edge rushers in the NFL possess and he’s merely decent as a run defender. Above all, his technical refinement should lead to immediate impact and his advanced hand usage and innate understanding of how to set guys up will make up for his deficiencies elsewhere.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2024 NFL Draft Prospect Texas WR Adonai AD Mitchell

Texas wide receiver Adonai Mitchell (5) reaches for a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas State in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

14. WR Adonai Mitchell, Texas
Loose and fluid bucket getter who thrives when given the green light to isolate defenders 1v1. There’s flashes of dominance on tape but in order to tap into his near-limitless potential, he’ll need assistance from his coaching staff to help him lock in from a focus perspective. Especially for his size, Mitchell’s combination of quick twitch, above the rim ball skills and straight-line speed is incredibly difficult to find.

15. CB Terrion Arnold, Alabama
Twitched-up playmaker with light feet and an impressive ability to mirror the movements of wide receivers. Arnold’s change of direction ability is a real trump card and his short-area burst consistently allows him to zoom into passing lanes. Having just turned 21 years old and still new to the position, he’s far from a finished product but his rapid improvement shows a player that is still very much ascending, with all the necessary qualities to be a top corner in the league.

16. CB Quinyon Mitchell, Toledo
Springy ballhawk equipped with rare explosiveness for his size. Mitchell can run like the wind to stay in phase, but his calling card is how he plays the ball in the air with outstanding body control, timing and natural playmaking instincts. He does open the gate early, over-relying on his athleticism but even with a steep jump in competition, his tools provide a limitless ceiling down the line.

17. QB Jayden Daniels, LSU
Electric dual threat capable of punishing defenses with his blazing speed and down the field with vastly improved accuracy to all three levels. Daniels was lethal on slot fades and consistently displayed good ball placement away from leverage to maximize yards after the catch. He’ll need to continue expanding his game outside of LSU’s offense which was simplistic in nature, with a main focus point being attacking the middle of the field. If the strides he’s taken in the past two seasons are any indication of what’s to come, his future is that of a winning starrer who can be difficult to game plan for.

18. OT Amarius Mims, Georgia
Surprisingly polished pass protector who is smooth out of his stance and has excellent length, which allows him to make first significant contact with ease. Mims can be prone to playing too tall in the run game and the sample size is small, with questions about his durability. However, these tools simply don’t grow on trees: long, rangy tackles that can handle speed and power rushers equally as well are very difficult to find making it possible to envision him as one of the best players out of this entire class when it’s all said and done.

19. WR Brian Thomas Jr., LSU
Height-weight-speed freak who annihilated everyone in his path during the 2023 season. His athletic profile is the clear selling point, but Thomas is a rapidly improving receiver who is still in the beginning stages of his development path. He role in college was extremely straight-forward but the right coaching staff could mold him into a game-changing terror in the near future.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2024 NFL Draft prospect Alabama Tackle JC Latham

JC Latham, Alabama Athletics

20. OT JC Latham, Alabama
Massive, physically imposing right tackle with great hand usage and his huge mitts which allow him to latch on and move people easily. Latham can handle power rushers in his sleep but how he deals with NFL-level speed and finesse will be the key to his development. Overall, he’s a young player with excellent play strength and someone that has the ability to be a true difference maker in the trenches.

21. C Jackson Powers-Johnson, Oregon
Heat seeking missile out in space capable of making targets evaporate on contact with a rare, thick frame that we don’t see as often anymore at the position. Powers-Johnson plays taller than he’s actually listed and could stand to play with better knee bend. In his first year as a starter, he was lockdown in pass protection with a nice combination of athleticism and physicality to make a positive impact immediately at the pivot.

22. OL Graham Barton, Duke
Explosive run blocker who understands angles, sustains blocks and finishes defenders at an elite level in the run game. Barton’s transition to the interior is necessary due to length concerns, and he’ll need to improve his hand timing and placement to avoid giving up his chest to power. His foot quickness and superb play strength give him immense upside at the center position.

23. DB Cooper DeJean, Iowa
Versatile and hyper-aware defensive back who grades out even better as a safety. DeJean is a plus athlete and cerebral player that thrives in zone coverage when allowed to fixate his vision on the quarterback. On tape, you can tell he’s a bit stiff but his physicality, particularly as a tackler, signify an instant impact player regardless of where he’s deployed on defense with his return ability an added bonus.

24. EDGE Jared Verse, Florida State
Pure power rusher who plays like a bull in a china shop, trying to run through tackles chest in an attempt to condense the passers pocket. Verse doesn’t quite win the outside shoulder as much as others in this class and he needs to continue developing more to his arsenal. However, there’s splashes of speed to power conversions on tape and his first step is good enough to believe there’s more to unlock with time and development.

Pittsburgh Steelers OT Taliese Fuaga

Taliese Fuaga, Oregon State Athletics

25. OL Taliese Fuaga, Oregon State
Zone blocking extraordinaire who plays with violent intentions, unmatched intensity and shows exceptional quickness off the ball. Fuaga has some potential fatal flaws in pass pro, specifically how heavy he is on his outside hand which leads to some quick losses off the edge. His understanding of space and angles is fantastic, he creates a lot of displacement on contact and a move inside should mask some of his deficiencies and allow him to excel early on in his career.

26. CB Nate Wiggins, Clemson
Confident speed demon that plays every bit as fast as his 4.28 40 time would suggest. Simply put, Wiggins is a special mover at the position with quick feet and loose hips that translate to effortless transitions towards the football. His skinny frame makes him a historical outlier, but his Ferrari engine make him an intriguing addition for teams looking to counter athletic pass catchers on the perimeter.

27. WR Xavier Worthy, Texas
Supersonic speedster with a top gear that no one in this class, and few in NFL history, can even dream of. His acceleration puts the fear of God into defensive backs but his joystick change of direction ability presents more versatility than this archetype typically presents. Worthy won’t win many contested catch opportunities but in the right situation, it might not matter.

28. CB Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama
Patient press corners that suffocate receivers along the boundary never go out of style. McKinstry is a natural for the position, highly intelligent with a great feel for anticipating routes. Deep threats can stack him vertically but with nearly three full years of legitimately good tape against the best competition, he seems destined for a CB2 role early on in the NFL.

29. QB J.J. McCarthy, Michigan
Shanahan-style quarterback that excels on in-breaking throws and throws with good accuracy on the move. McCarthy is a natural athlete, comes equipped with an NFL caliber arm and there are some high-level anticipatory throws that stand out on tape. He wasn’t asked to do a ton in college which limits the sample size but as of right now, he doesn’t appear to have the true trump card that the top guys in this class display. With that being said, he’s still young and considering all of the rave reviews on his intangibles, there’s a path to him becoming a solid NFL starter.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2024 NFL Draft Prospect Georgia WR Ladd McConkey

Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Ladd McConkey at the 2024 Senior Bowl. — Alan Saunders / Steelers Now

30. WR Ladd McConkey, Georgia
Thin, route-running savant who understands how to create separation. McConkey’s stop-and-start ability is his calling card and corners are rendered completely helpless if they can’t get their hands on him early. He’s relatively unproven versus press coverage but every offensive coordinator would gladly welcome a chain-mover to pepper throws to underneath.

31. Chop Robinson, Penn State
Startling first step explosiveness off the ball with strides that cover ground instantly and ankle flexion to dip under contact and flatten to the quarterback. Robinson does show quality effort as a run defender, but his lack of play strength is a flaw in his scouting report. There’s reason for optimism based on his traits that allow him to effectively teleport while barely being touched and should have value as a designated pass-rusher at worst.

32. OT Tyler Guyton, Oklahoma
Gigantic, lean physical specimen with plenty of pocket range while displaying patient but heavy hands in pass protection. At this point in time, Guyton’s footwork is a mess and crafty rushers can get him off balance which leads to some ugly losses. There’s real power to be unlocked as an impact run blocker, particularly at the second level, and his athletic profile offers hope that he can morph into an island blocker some time during his rookie contract.

33. DT Kris Jenkins, Michigan
Forceful and useful asset on the interior with the ability to stack and shed blockers with twitchiness to cross face as a rusher. The production numbers for Jenkins in college were underwhelming due to limited opportunities and lack of an evident plan pre-snap. However, NFL bloodlines are at play, he looks the part with plenty of tools to work with and there’s a realistic chance that his best ball is still ahead of him.

34. WR Troy Franklin, Oregon
Skinny, long-striding glider with a penchant for manufacturing big plays down the field and with the ball in his hands. Franklin’s combination of twitch and tempo variation led the way to back-to-back productive campaigns. His hands are better than they appeared in 2023 and even though his frame creates some obvious roadblocks, there’s plenty of translatable aspects his game.

35. CB Ennis Rakestraw Jr,, Missouri
Energetic, fluid mover with long arms to disrupt receivers at the line of scrimmage and once the ball is in flight. Rakestraw is technically sound, displays good eye discipline with an uncanny ability to decelerate in order to blanket curls and comebacks. Top-shelf athletes can run away from him, but the film shows a prospect that has a very good understanding of the position, projecting him as an early starter in the secondary.

West Virginia Center Zach Frazier

West Virginia center Zach Frazier in a game against Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium on Sept. 23, 2022. — Kelsie LeRose / West Virginia Sports Now

36. C Zach Frazier, West Virginia
Leverage monster with a low center of gravity and an innate feel for how to stay balanced and use his grip strength to grapple defenders to the turf. By NFL standards, Frazier is just an average athlete for the center position which brings questions on how much more there is to unlock. His wrestling background is extremely apparent on tape and those skills have molded him into a tough, highly intelligent center and his bevy of experience should make for a relatively seamless transition to the league.

37. G Christian Haynes, UConn
Punishing interior offensive lineman who plays with incredible intensity combined with the ideal athleticism to thrive as a weapon in a wide zone offense. Haynes is already 24-years old with an anchor that slowly dies out to power over time. He uses his length well in pass pro, his first step off the ball in the run game allows him to execute reach blocks at a very high level and despite an enormous jump in competition, his well-roundedness is enough to believe in his ability to come in and start right away as a rookie.

38. WR Ricky Pearsall, Florida
Snappy route runner who uses the art of deception to instill doubt into defenders and keep them off balance. The term “quarterback-friendly” applies to Pearsall thanks to plus spatial awareness and natural hands that are magnetic in nature. Play strength can be an issue on film but there’s reason to believe he offers enough versatility to operate as a complimentary piece within a strong passing attack.

39. OL Jordan Morgan, Arizona
Fluid run blocker that shows off strong, well-placed hands with the lateral agility to routinely get his hat to the play side of zone run plays to seal off defenders. Morgan struggles to get to his landmarks in pass protection, consistently having to cross his feet to get depth in his sets which make his transition inside fairly obvious. He knows how to reposition his hands in pass pro, shows a solid understanding of stunts and twists and his run blocking prowess should shine inside in the right scheme.

40. DT Mike Hall Jr., Ohio State
Attacking penetrator up front who explodes off the line of scrimmage with a lower center of gravity. Even in college, Hall was not asked to carry a complete workload and would get targeted in the run game but gives effort to put up a fight. As one of the youngest players in the class, Hall’s lateral agility, quick hands and wingspan offer value immediately on passing downs despite what the college box scores might say.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2024 NFL Draft Prospect Penn State TE Theo Johnson Alabama EDGE Chris Braswell

Alabama edge rusher Chris Braswell takes on Penn State tight end Theo Johnson at the 2024 Senior Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Ala. on Feb. 3, 2024. — Alan Saunders / Steelers Now

41. EDGE Chris Braswell, Alabama
Complimentary edge that spams an effective cross-chop move to set up his speed-to-power conversions on unsuspecting tackles. Braswell’s play style doesn’t actually mesh all that well with his body type which makes you wonder a bit about his transition forward. It’s best to view him as a viable No. 2 that can hold his own against the run and muck things up as rusher with his best ball still in front of him.

42. CB Renardo Green, Florida State
Battle tested press specialist who has shown capable of being left on an island versus premier competition. Green is a complete nuance to try to uncover against because of his impressive mirror ability, competitive toughness and physicality. His rigid play style will likely draw more flags at the next level but if you’re a team that wants to crowd receivers at the line, this is who you want.

43. LB Junior Colson, Michigan
Three-down Mike backer with ideal size and upper body strength to take on blocks and is a very reliable wrap up tackler on contact.  Colson’s instincts fitting the run can be hit or miss and that could be exposed down the line considering he doesn’t have overwhelming athleticism. His true value lies in his impact on passing downs, with an advanced understanding of routes and his tenacity as a blitzer in certain packages.

44. CB Max Melton, Rutgers
Frenetic freak with superb straight-line speed to run stride for stride with even the fastest weapons. Melton is alignment versatile, shows urgency when driving on underneath throws, occasionally beating them to the spot altogether. At this point, he’s not overly consistent but rather a moldable ball of clay with starter-level traits to pair with an already established special teams’ acumen.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2024 NFL Draft Prospect Georgia S Javon Bullard

Georgia safety Javon Bullard at the 2024 Senior Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Ala. on Feb. 3, 2024 — Alan Saunders / Steelers Now

45. S Javon Bullard, Georgia
Pit bull-like defensive back that shows off good instincts to drive on throws underneath paired with fluid hips and solid speed to stay sticky in man coverage. Unfortunately, Bullard does have some size limitations as a sub-200-pound safety and lacks the play strength to embrace oncoming blockers head on. He offers beneficial deep safety and slot versatility with an unmatched level of self-confidence that radiates off the screen.

46. EDGE Marshawn Kneeland, Western Michigan
Powerful, pocket pushing end who plays possessed, preferring to throw haymakers whenever possible. As you’d expect with someone his size, he’s not the bendiest guy nor does he have a robust set of moves at his disposal right now. However, his exceptional length and very good play strength should still be helpful, even in the event that he never harnesses all of his tools into pass rush productivity.

47. WR Jalen McMillan, Washington
Silky smooth operator with a keen understanding of how to attack the leverage of defenders. McMillan is a three-level threat out of the slot: an option route guru and dangerous when given a runway to work vertically. Injuries wiped out his entire 2023 season, but his tape as a junior further cement him as the most undervalued receiver in this entire class.

48. WR Xavier Legette, South Carolina
Promising athlete with unique explosiveness and long strides for his dense frame. Legette is a certified killer on crossing routes over the middle and he regularly embarrasses people with jaw-dropping hang time at the catch point. It’s fair to classify him as unusually raw for a fifth-year senior but the collection of top-end traits and rave character reviews are worth tinkering with the idea of bringing him along slowly.

49. DL Darius Robinson, Missouri
Swim-move specialist who understands how to deploy his freakishly long arms and generate full extension on blockers. Robinson isn’t a good enough athlete to hang outside full-time and his tweener tendencies are a bit worrisome. Having said all of that, his pass rush toolkit grew last season and his raw power to bull-rush on passing downs will make him a desirable role player at the very worst.

50. WR Ja’Lynn Polk, Washington
Jack-of-all-trades type of wideout with excellent ball skills and superb play strength which allows him to will through contact. Polk is a bully between the lines and consistently dependable because of the way he attacks the football in the air. The lack of a real trump card makes you question his ceiling, but he checks so many boxes that it’s hard to envision him not at least being a solid pro.

Pittsburgh Steelers draft Bo Nix

Bo Nix, Oregon Athletics

51. QB Bo Nix, Oregon
Efficient point guard who can nickel and dime his way down the field. Nix is a fairly well-rounded quarterback, a good athlete with a decent arm, can work quick game concepts and has worked relentlessly to cut down on negative plays to the point where he’s now proven reliable in that regard. He’s an older prospect and an inconsistent processor. With his experience, you can see a path for him to become a starter in a good situation, but his above-average tools and lengthy experience should be enough to make him a long-term backup at worst.

52. LB Edgerrin Cooper, Texas A&M
Trigger happy backer with the speed to fly sideline to sideline and the burst to combat all of the dual threats we’re seeing around the league. Cooper comes equipped with long arms but is often late with his hands, allowing guys to engage and clamp him up. His slipperiness shines when attacking downhill and he’s capable of generating numerous negative plays in the form of tackles for loss and sacks.

53. OT Kingsley Suamataia, BYU
Underclassmen with experience on both sides of the line that displays proper weight distribution in pass pro, good play strength and uses forceful chop downs on edge rushers. Sauamataia is a work in progress in many areas and needs time to develop a better feel on how to utilize some of his physical gifts. The BYU product can wash defenders on down blocks and the flashes of independent hand usage in pass pro is encouraging but patience is the key to his future in the pros.

54. QB Michael Penix, Washington
Flame-throwing, battle-tested lefty that thrives when pushing the ball vertically and outside the numbers. Penix has supreme confidence in his arm and rightfully so, having made a ton of tight-window throws in his career while also avoiding sacks at an impressively low rate. Even though he tested like a great athlete, he looked uncomfortable whenever forced off the spot under pressure. He’s a pocket passer with decent accuracy which would have made him a top-ten pick 20 years ago but there aren’t many players playing this style in today’s league.

55. RB Jonathon Brooks, Texas
Patient slasher with impressive vision and feel for when to get skinny in tight spaces. Sadly, Brooks is just months removed from a torn ACL and his power through contact was a bit underwhelming on tape. From an ability standpoint, Brooks has the balanced skill set to be a lead back right away and the lack of tread on his tires adds further intrigue about his future.

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Dadrion Taylor-Demerson, Texas Tech Athletics

56. DB Dadrion Taylor-Demerson, Texas Tech
Rangy speed demon with movement ability to consistently gravitate towards the ball and the leaping ability to take it away. Taylor-Demerson’s recovery ability is a plus but his eyes do wander, causing him to lose his assignment and allow potential big plays. He’s a scheme-versatile ascending player that can step right in and play admirably either at safety or in the slot due to his understanding of angles and how to bait the quarterback into ill-advised decisions.

57. RB Jaylen Wright, Tennessee
Burner who looks like he’s shot out of a cannon once he gets the rock and sequences moves together seamlessly. Wright hails from an unconventional offense that gave him excess breathing room which led to him bouncing runs outside frequently. He’s more than just a speed back, adding good leg drive through contact and is already polished pass protector which further increases his value.

58. QB Spencer Rattler, South Carolina
Talented, tough passer with intriguing pocket maneuvering habits that developed behind a poor offensive line. Rattler’s release is quick, but his arm talent is what he’s known for: smooth velocity and the ability to change arm slots when necessary. He’s not a good athlete overall and that’s particularly alarming because of his preferred play style as a scrambler. However, his poise in the pocket will translate and he’s an intriguing dart throw for a team with an already established, older starter who could mentor him.

59. S Malik Mustapha, Wake Forest
Rapid accelerator wrapped in a compact frame that flies downhill to halt ball carriers dead in their tracks. His lack of length prohibits him from being very disruptive at the catch point and he’s going to lose the 50/50 balls more often than not despite being a great leaper. Mustapha is tough as nails, runs the alley better than anyone in the class and is a reliable wrap-up tackler with real stopping power.

60. G Cooper Beebe, Kansas State
Wide-bodied, stout player who has played all over the offensive line throughout his college career thanks to great awareness, powerful hands and the ability to anchor down against bull rushes. Beebe’s 31.5-inch arms are a historical outlier which could certainly become a real issue against stronger, longer and more explosive players off the ball at the next level. Looking past the length concerns, he’s a mauler in the run game with solid mirror skills in pass protection and really helped his stock with his testing numbers at the NFL Combine.

61. DT Ruke Orhorhoro, Clemson
Ripped utility player who can use his length to deconstruct blocks and shows nice closing speed once he arrives in the backfield. Ideally, Orhorhoro will learn to consistently leverage his first step and develop a pass rush plan at the next level. It’s important to note that he’s still relatively new to the sport but the traits are certainly intriguing as a developmental prospect that you can mix in to the lineup as a rookie.

62. WR Javon Baker, UCF
Throwback X-receiver who can dismantle press with an array of different releases off the line. Baker can climb the ladder and practically every back shoulder-fade near the sideline seemed like an automatic completion last season.  His burst off the ball is underwhelming which means the splash plays will likely decrease in the league but he’s got good size and is flexible enough to run the full route tree out wide.

Pittsburgh Steelers Braden Fiske

Florida State defensive lineman Braden Fiske runs the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine, Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

63. DT Braden Fiske, Florida State
Gap-shooting ball of energy who plays with a borderline reckless abandon on every single snap. Fiske is an older prospect that has a tendency to get blown off the ball if he can’t win with quickness early in the rep, clouding his ceiling as a player. He’s a team-first player who is an ace on stunts, both as the crasher and looper, and his combination of athleticism and effort will allow him to have a productive, lengthy career as a role player.

64. WR Keon Coleman, Florida State
Young, humongous target with a “my ball” mentality, special hand-eye coordination and body control that is apparent when the quarterback throws his direction. Coleman offers a physical presence and strong hands while displaying an edge in the run blocking department as the classes most imposing blocker with legit sustain ability. A glaring lack of desperation exits within his profile and a shift to a power slot-type of role could yield more positive gains.

65. CB Kamari Lassiter, Georgia
Physical by nature, plays through the hands at the catch point and understands how to leverage the sideline for assistance. Lassiter regularly plays up a weight class, is a rock-solid tackler with flashes of being a proficient run defender. There’s a glaring lack of speed in his profile which should facilitate a full-time move inside to the slot where his physicality and short-area movement skills are much better suited.

66. WR Jermaine Burton, Alabama
Effortless tracker of the football with flashes of dominance as a deep threat. Burton’s entire game revolves around the element of speed but aside from that, he can instantly sink his hips to drop defenders off on curls back to the quarterback. The talent is undeniable with Burton, but his evaluation is made more difficult due to character concerns that he’ll have to address with each NFL team prior to draft weekend.

67. EDGE Mohamed Kamara, Colorado State
Charged up monster who launches himself off the line of scrimmage with the ability to go speed to power or corner the edge with lower body flexibility. Kamara’s unusual build works to his advantage in some ways but he’s a historical outlier in terms of height-weight-length. For this reason, he may never become a full-time starter, but he comprehends how to set tackles up and can win in a variety of ways, meaning he’s a rotational player and designated pass rusher at the bare minimum.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2024 NFL Draft Prospect Washington Tackle Roger Rosengarten

Washington Huskies tackle Roger Rosengarten during the 2024 Senior Bowl on Feb. 3, 2024 at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. — Alan Saunders / Steelers Now

68. OT Roger Rosengarten, Washington
Nimble mover with active feet and a ton of true pass sets on his resume that show off his ability mirror even the most athletic opponents. It’s pretty easy to see that Rosengarten lacks the lower body strength to handle speed to power and his length is merely average is also below the threshold for what the NFL strives for at the position. His playstyle is similar to his teammate Troy Fautanu: built around keeping pass rushers off balance, insane athleticism and a red-hot motor making him an intriguing day two developmental tackle.

69. S Jaden Hicks, Washington State
Physical second-level threat that plays the run with a vengeance and has the foot speed to match slot threats up the seam and on crossing routes. Clunky change of direction skills are a concern and Hicks aggressive nature regularly leads him to taking poor angles to the ball. He’s a multi-dimensional asset that can run the alley from deep alignments, hold his own in the box and likes to play a brand of football that will attract adoration from coaches.

70. CB Mike Sainristill, Michigan
Amped-up competitor who plays with a fearless attitude, impressive spacial awareness and ball skills that hail from his former life as a wide receiver recruit coming out of high school. Sainristill’s lack of size is something he’ll have to continuously overcome but his improvement as a man coverage defender can boost his functionality furthermore. You can’t measure this guy’s heart, making it easy to envision him as a future captain and core player on defense.

71. CB T.J. Tampa, Iowa State
Pterodactyl-like wingspan with terrific size that allows him to compete with bigger-framed receivers by delaying their release, pinning them to the sideline and fighting at the catch point. Tampa’s awareness in zone coverage is strong but his lack of fluidity and below average long speed limit him in true one-on-one situations. Undoubtedly, he’s in need of the right fit but his recovery length and physicality can come in handy versus certain matchups.

72. S Tyler Nubin, Minnesota
Smart safety who plays mistake free ball and allows quarterbacks to lead him into takeaways opportunities where his ball skills shine. On tape, Nubin didn’t look like a high-caliber athlete but he made matters worse with his abysmal testing numbers. He’s instinctive, understands his limitations and has the requisite size to survive in the box as a starting safety.

73. OT Brandon Coleman, TCU
Long-armed offensive lineman with outside/inside positional versatility, a broad frame and hands that stun defenders on impact. Coleman can be prone to bending at the waist, overextending and doesn’t show enough recovery ability to get away with poor habits. The raw power is easy to spy, and you can bet that teams will be attracted to him as an athletic brawler with starter potential somewhere along the line.

74. OL Dominick Puni, Kansas
Heavy-handed mauler that steers defenders out of gaps, equipped with a nasty demeanor and enough athleticism to work on the move. Even factoring in his expected move to a position along the interior, his weight distribution is sometimes uneven which allows guys to cross his face. His transition from a funky college offense will be worth monitoring but his size, power and respectable anchor will be desired qualities.

75. DL Brandon Dorlus, Oregon
Hybird defender with a devastating long-arm to pair with an effective club-swim move to knife through gaps along the offensive line. Dorlus’ best home in the league will likely come along the interior, further highlighting the need to for him to become a better run defender. If you know how to use him, his “junk-ball pitcher” style of play can cause severe disruption for opposing offenses.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2024 NFL Draft Prospect Utah S Cole Bishop

Utah safety Cole Bishop at the 2024 Senior Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Ala. on Feb. 3, 2024. — Alan Saunders / Steelers Now

76. S Cole Bishop, Utah
Hard-charging box safety who does damage near the line of scrimmage, cracking receivers underneath or rushing into the backfield for tackles for loss. Bishop is tight-hipped and loses effectiveness the further away he is deployed from the ball, despite having good straight-line acceleration. The best utilization of this player requires him moving forward, unleashed to wreak havoc in the backfield at full throttle.

77. WR Roman Wilson, Michigan
Slot-specific receiver with outstanding speed to eat up cushion quickly before zooming past defenders in an instant. For a player that will be limited to the slot because of his size, you wish his route running was a bit more polished. His toughness over the middle stands out and not only are his hands reliable, but he also finds the soft spots in zone coverage which are all key for his projection.

78. TE Ben Sinnott, Kansas State
Intriguing Jack of all trades prospect who was especially productive while aligning all over the formation in college. Sinnott gives maximum effort in the run game but his technique needs further refinement. The Wildcat tight end has strong hands, knows how to get open by creating separation downfield and should be a useful auxiliary piece for a creative coordinator.

79. OT Blake Fisher, Notre Dame
Independent hand striker that keeps the pocket relatively clean and is a dangerous finisher when he can square guys up in space. It’s fair to acknowledge the inconsistencies that exist in his game, particularly in pass protection, that led to a mid-game benching versus Louisville in 2023. Fisher is still young and in need of continued development, but his athletic tools are starting caliber for a team in search of a right tackle.

80. EDGE Adisa Isaac, Penn State
Steadily improving disruptor who is an absolute menace as the looper on stunts, has the speed to threaten the outside shoulder with flashes of cornering ability. Isaac has the twitch to set up inside counters but his pass rush instincts and overall consistency in one on one situations are lacking. He’s a “clips player” that leaves you wanting more on a down to down basis but he’s on an upward trajectory to where that a positive outcome seems realistic.

Pittsburgh Steelers Payton Wilson

Payton Wilson, NC State Athletics

81. ILB Payton Wilson, NC State
Sideline-to-sideline backer that’s capable of patrolling the middle of the field by using his rangy athleticism to cover an enormous amount of ground. Beyond Wilson’s well-documented durability concerns, he lacks the preferred length to stack and shed blocks at the second level. He’s athletic, loves to hit and his film checks a lot of boxes for what teams look for at the position, provided he can stay on the field.

82. OT Patrick Paul, Houston
Enormous left tackle with freakishly long arms to engulf defenders and enough slide quickness to guide defenders up the arc. Paul’s hand usage is erratic and he’s a net negative as a run blocker due to persistently poor pad level. He’s an experienced team captain and it’ll be fascinating to see what he could potentially become with a coaching staff that could bring the best out of him on a play by play basis.

83. RB Trey Benson, Florida State
Home-run hitter with exciting straight-line acceleration capable of ripping off explosive plays at the blink of an eye. Far too often, Benson’s patience can turn into indecisiveness and sacrifice his efficiency to go along with the fact he’s not a super sharp cutter to the crease. As a runner, he possesses good contact balance in space, but the upside lies on his pass game involvement which showed some promise in limited exposures.

84. OT Kiran Amegadjie, Yale
Complete destroyer of worlds at the FCS level, now set to take his over 36-inch arms and multi-positional experience to the NFL. Amegadjie will get overextended at times and his recovery ability looks like it could be further exposed against better competition. The foundation for a starting tackle is present with marvelous length, smooth initial footwork and flashes of being an impactful run blocker.

85. CB Decamerion Richardson, Mississippi State
Ultimate bet on traits at the cornerback position with an absurd blend of size, length and athleticism with a good feel for route combinations in zone coverage. Richardson’s potential fatal flaw in his profile is his blatant lack of ball skills with an inability to locate the ball in the air down the field. General managers would be wise to take a big swing on his potential as a man coverage player who is already an unwavering tackler in space.

86. WR Devontez Walker, UNC
One-trick pony who excels on the vertical plane with exhilarating speed to stack even the fastest cornerbacks on the perimeter while showing off promising tracking ability. Beyond his ability to win deep, there are big question marks as a route runner with him needing several excess steps to gear down before breaks. Speed kills in the NFL and even if Walker doesn’t expand his game much more, there will still be a place for him on the field.

87. CB Andru Phillips, Kentucky
Fiery but volatile corner who displays very good click and close ability to the flat before going low on ball carriers. Phillips can be overzealous at times and be manipulated by route combinations that lure him out of his zone responsibilities. He’s an agile defender who has the skill set to kick inside if necessary with the movement skills that could entice man-heavy defenses.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2024 NFL Draft Prospect Georgia Center Sedrick Van Pran

Sedrick Van Pran, Georgia Athletics

88. C Sedrick Van Pran, Georgia
Experienced offensive lineman with strong hands, good play strength and the mobility to get to the second level to seal off defenders. Van Pran’s anchor is below average and while he processes blitzes just fine, his lack of slide quickness prohibits him from closing the door on rushers. There are limitations but he’s a renowned leader with the right mentality and enough mobility to make him a viable run blocker and baseline starter in the NFL.

89. WR Malik Washington, Virginia
Solid, crafty slot receiver who is an efficient route runner and unusually strong ball skills for a player of his build. Washington would be one of the shortest receivers in the entire league and doesn’t have that third gear that most smaller targets possess to offset their height. He’s not ever going to play outside but he’s a run after the catch threat that could line up tomorrow and cook starting caliber slot corners.

90. Malachi Corley, Western Kentucky
Tough, tank-like ball carrier with excellent contact balance and leg drive to plow through tackling attempts of defensive backs. Regrettably, Corley’s deployment as a gadget player delayed his development as an actual receiver, leaving him mostly an unknown in the main facets of his job description. He’s the “YAC King” for a reason and he’s deserving of schemed up touches right away in an effort to produce cheap yards offensively.

91. G Christian Mahogany, Boston College
Nasty run blocker who wants to punish defenders with power and physicality. He anchors well in pass pro, but he’s not always balanced which leaves him beaten on club-swim moves inside on occasion. Mohogany can torque defensive lineman off the ball, has enough mobility to pull on power concepts and offers starting upside, as early as sometime during his rookie contract.

92. LB Cedric Gray, UNC
Coverage capable off-ball backer who is comfortable with his back to the ball and uses his length to play through the hands of the receiver. Gray loves to backdoor run concepts because he lacks the true stack and shed ability once blockers become engaged with him. Overall, his range always seems to find him around the football and the coverage chops are enough for him to warrant a rotational role on and NFL defense.

93. EDGE Bralen Trice, Washington
Productive power rusher with who embraces physicality and displays a relentless motor when attacking the quarterback. Trice is average off the ball but cannot consistently turn the corner with speed or bend through contact which puts a hard ceiling on his projection. Still, he has good play strength to convert speed to power attempts and this archetype can still provide adequate production in a reserve role.

Pittsburgh Steelers 2024 NFL Draft Target LSU DT Maason Smith

LSU defensive tackle Maason Smith (0) battles Grambling State offensive lineman Shontrail Key (65) during an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

94. DT Maason Smith, LSU
Young, long interior defender with jaw-dropping length and features an effective club-swim as his go-to move. Smith’s base is far too narrow, and he routinely pops straight up in his stance which limits his shock value with his hands. There are flashes of him violently shedding blocks and within his dense frame, there’s even more for a coaching staff to unlock down the road.

95. TE Theo Johnson, Penn State
Active Y-tight end with the size and frame to handle the traditional responsibilities of the position. Johnson fends off contact well during the route stem, but his entire receiving profile is built off projection, with very little production in college. Finding players that have in-line blocking potential combined with the foot speed to become vertical threats is difficult but that’s a plausible outcome for him.

96. RB Marshawn Lloyd, USC
Creative runner capable of making explosive jump cuts to bounce runs to the perimeter and solid speed to break off explosive runs. Lloyd’s vision can be a bit blurry with his tendency to become hyper fixated on trying to hit a home run on every touch. He’s slippery, capable of making guys miss and has soft hands for outlets underneath but he’ll need to improve in pass protection to stay on the field for all three downs.

97. TE JaTavion Sanders, Texas
Hands catching tight end that displays good feel for finding the vacated spots in zone coverage with solid straight-line speed to work up the seam. Like several receiver-first tight ends coming out of college before him, Sanders is a poor run blocker that doesn’t function well in-line. His value lies heavily in his reliability over the middle of the field and secure hands that can be trusted.

98. CB D.J. James, Auburn
Featherweight cornerback with light feet and explosive transitions leading to potential pass breakup chances. James is razor thin which has some obvious drawbacks and he could stand to stay squarer to the receiver in off-coverage. But there’s plenty of evidence that he can run stride for stride with NFL speed without unnecessary contact and his movement skills will give him a chance to compete for playing time during his rookie contract.

99. S Calen Bullock, USC
Centerfielder with elite range and fluid hips to roam the post, long arms to obstruct passing lanes and the high-pointing ball skills of a wide receiver. The notable concerns regarding Bullocks translation to the league are centered around his lean frame and ineffectiveness as a tackler from a technique perspective. As a 21-year old rookie, he already boasts natural athleticism that is difficult to find at the position.

100. DT Mehki Wingo, LSU
Slippery rusher with an insanely quick first step that sends interior offensive lineman into a panic and has the ability to flex outside and convert speed to power against offensive tackles. Mingo has natural leverage built in but stronger offensive lineman can blow him off the ball at times. He’s small but he has a refined pass rush plan with quick hands to go along with his athleticism, making him an intriguing rotational piece.