Tyler Olson of Pro Football Network has the Pittsburgh Steelers taking Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral in his latest mock draft released last week.
A Ventura, California native, Corral was a three-year starter for the Rebels, amassing 8,281 passing yards, competing 67.3% of his passes, and throwing 57 touchdowns compared to 23 interceptions in his tenure at Mississippi. He is also a capable rushing threat, averaging four yards per carry on 334 rushes for 1,338 yards and 18 touchdowns over his four seasons in Oxford.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Corral was a finalist for the Manning Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award as best quarterback in the country. He was named second-team All-SEC in 2021 and was awarded the Conerly Trophy as the best collegiate player in Mississippi.
The Steelers are obviously in the market for a quarterback with the retirement of Ben Roethlisberger and have also been linked to Sam Howell, Kenny Pickett, Carson Strong in the 2022 draft class.
Olson had the Steelers choosing Corral with Pickett, Strong and several offensive line prospects still on the board when the team picked at No. 20 overall.
“Corral played in a college-friendly offense, passing for over 3,300 yards, 20 touchdowns, and completing 67.9% of his passes,” Olson wrote. “He can make plays outside the pocket, too, which will be advantageous until Pittsburgh retools their line up front.”
Howell, Pickett, Strong, Desmond Ridder, Malik Willis and Bailey Zappe will work out for the Steelers and the rest of the NFL at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama next week. A junior, Corral is not eligible to participate. Corral suffered ankle injury in the Sugar Bowl and it’s unclear if he would be healthy enough to play at any rate.
Corral is the consensus second quarterback in the draft after Pickett, according to NFL Mock Draft Database. Most prognosticators have him being taken before the Steelers make their selection.