There is a growing consensus among the NFL experts that the Steelers will select an edge rusher with their first pick in the NFL draft. In the most recent mock drafts the most popular pick for the Steelers is Alabama linebacker Tim Williams, who was mocked to the Steelers by three draft analysts. The second-most popular pick is Temple linebacker Haason Reddick, who was mocked to the Steelers twice.
Of course, these names will change over the next few weeks and months. The NFL combine is less than two weeks away. The top college prospects will descend upon Indianapolis Feb. 28 and will be poked and prodded, timed and measured before coaches and scouts from all 32 NFL teams.
Two months after the combine ends those 32 teams will begin the process of building their teams for the future. The NFL entry draft takes place from April 27-29.
The NFL team that selects Williams might be taking a chance. The following report is from Walter Football:
“Williams likely hurt his draft stock in late September with an arrest for carrying a pistol without a permit. Alabama suspended him for the first half of the game against Kentucky as a result. WalterFootball.com, however, was first to report of other off-the-field issues that are hurting Williams’ draft stock as he failed many drug tests at Alabama. Multiple team sources believe Williams could slip to Round 2 and their teams won’t consider Williams in the …
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