NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah has released his final mock draft ahead of tonight’s first round, and is projecting the Pittsburgh Steelers to select an offensive tackle.
Jeremiah has the Steelers drafting Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins with the 24th pick.
“There’s a lot of buzz about Najee Harris going to the Steelers, but Pittsburgh opts to fill a hole on the front five before finding a running back to help an offense that ranked last in rushing in 2020,” Jeremiah writes.
Listed at 6-foot-6, 317 pounds, Jenkins saw action all along the offensive line for the Cowboys, but predominantly spent time at right tackle.
Jenkins made 35 starts over his Oklahoma State career, and was an impressive pass blocker in their Air Raid scheme. He was similarly accomplished as a run blocker, as the Cowboys eclipsed 2,000 yards in each season of his tenure in Stillwater.
Jenkins started the first eight games of the season for the Cowboys in 2020, but opted out the remainder of the year with a lower back injury.
Not only do the Steelers pass on Alabama’s Harris in Jeremiah’s hypothetical, but they also choose Jenkins over Virginia Tech offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw, who many experts believe is the superior prospect. Harris has been the most-mocked player to the Steelers over the final two weeks leading into the draft.