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Steelers Land Toledo CB Quinyon Mitchell in Mock Draft



Pittsburgh Steelers 2024 NFL Draft Target Toledo CB Quinyon Mitchell

Most mock drafts have the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting either a wide receiver, offensive tackle or center in the first round. That seems to be the general consensus. Cornerback is also a big need, but it hasn’t been talked as much in the first round with the Steelers acquiring Donte Jackson from the Carolina Panthers in the Diontae Johnson trade last month.

Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports went outside the box in his latest mock draft, however, and has the Steelers selecting Toledo cornerback Quinyon Mitchell at 20th overall. Joey Porter Jr. paired with Mitchell certainly would be intriguing.

“Mitchell is a ready-to-go outside cornerback with plus speed, instincts, and ball skills. Huge boost for the Steelers secondary,” Trapasso wrote.

The Steelers were represented at the Toledo Rockets pro day two weeks ago, even though Mitchell wasn’t running.

The Steelers sent director of college scouting Dan Colbert to Toledo to gather info at the school’s pro day, but the Steelers have been after Mitchell a long time.

They twice sent scouts to be at his games in-person in 2023, then Mike Tomlin did some serous in-person scouting of Mitchell at the 2024 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, when Tomlin challenged him to face Michigan wide receiver Roman Wilson in 1-on-1 competition.

Wilson got the best of that matchup, but Mitchell was one of the best players overall at the Senior Bowl and continued his strong offseason with a fantastic showing at the 2024 NFL Combine.

In Indianapolis, Mitchell ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash, the second-fastest time of any cornerback in the class. He also posted a 38-inch vertical. His overall Relative Athletic Score is a 9.78 out of 10.

Thanks to that strong performance, he chose to sit out Toledo’s pro day, which brings up an interesting question. The Steelers have traditionally only selected players that were scouted in-person by their head coach or general manager at a pro day in the first round.

But with fewer and fewer top picks participating at their pro days, there’s little reason for Mike Tomlin and Omar Khan to be in attendance — especially at a place like Toledo, where Mitchell is the only player in the NFL Mock Draft Database top 300.

The Steelers also did not do formal interviews at the 2024 NFL Combine with players like Mitchell that they had met with extensively at the Senior Bowl, so Khan and Tomlin had just one good chance to get to to know him.

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April 4, 2024 8:27 am

Can’t wait for the draft. I believe in Omar Khan making the right choices to continue to develop the Steelers. Center is really the top priority.

April 5, 2024 11:40 pm
Reply to  David

Glad there are a lot of them. The surplus will make quality available in round 2. I don’t know of any teams taking a center in round one. Probably Frazier and Van Pran will be out there when we pick in 2.
I want Mims. Move Jones to LT. Van Pran or Frazier in the middle.