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2024 NFL Mock Draft: 2-Round mock has Steelers bolstering the offensive line

The Super Bowl is this Sunday, and that means 30 of 32 NFL teams are in full offseason mode. Sure, free agency has to happen before everyone’s attention turns solely to the 2024 NFL Draft, but there are those out there who love the draft more than anything else pertaining to the professional game.

For Matt Miller of ESPN, he would certainly fall in the latter of those two aforementioned categories.

Miller just released his 2-Round mock draft, and it’s time to take a look at who the Pittsburgh Steelers took with their top two picks, according to Miller. You can see how Round 1 unfolded prior to the Steelers’ pick at No. 20, and then the 2nd round selection below Round 1. To learn more about these prospects, be sure to check the Scouting Reports at the bottom of the article.

Let’s get to the mock draft…

Round 1

1. Chicago Bears (via CAR) – Caleb Williams, QB, USC
2. Washington Commanders – Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
3. New England Patriots – Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU
4. Arizona Cardinals – Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
5. Los Angeles Chargers – Malik Nabers, WR, LSU
6. New York Giants – Rome Odunze, WR, Washington
7. Tennessee Titans – Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
8. Atlanta Falcons – Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama
9. Chicago Bears – Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State
10. New York Jets – Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State
11. Minnesota Vikings – Dallas Turner, DE, Alabama
12. Denver Broncos – Bo Nix, QB, Oregon
13. Las Vegas Raiders – J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan
14. New Orleans Saints – Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
15. Indianapolis Colts – Jared Verse, DE, Florida State
16. Seattle Seahawks – Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas
17. Jacksonville Jaguars – Ennis Rakestraw Jr., CB, Missouri
18. Cincinnati Bengals – Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU
19. Los Angeles Rams – Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

In the 2023 draft, the Steelers found a solid first-round lineman in Broderick Jones. Let’s do it again in 2024 with another Georgia tackle. Mims started only eight games in college because of injury and the great depth on the Bulldogs’ offensive line, but scouts were raving about his tape throughout the season. There isn’t a better mover at tackle in the class, and he backs that up with 330 pounds of power. With Jones able to play left tackle, Mims could come in as the team’s starter and future on the right side.


Round 2

51. Pittsburgh Steelers – Zach Frazier, C, West Virginia

A season-ending leg injury kept Frazier from participating in the Senior Bowl, but scouts have still been buzzing about him. He was a four-time state champion wrestler in high school and brings that toughness, quickness and leverage to the football field. The Steelers’ offensive line can continue to get a makeover in this draft, with Frazier fitting as the new starting center as a rookie.


Scouting Reports

These scouting reports are from Pro Football Network:

Amarius Mims

Strengths

  • Massive offensive tackle with elite mass, length, and no bad weight.
  • An explosive, high-energy athlete who resembles a move TE in an open space.
  • Rotational freedom, length, and frame density afford him hyper-elite power capacity.
  • Can effectively load his base and torque through extensions, slabbing DL off the snap.
  • Flashes incredible lateral freedom when redirecting to match stunting pass rushers.
  • Shows off impressive hinge flexibility for his size, which he uses to adjust his alignment.
  • He can dominate in pass protection with his athleticism, strength, and wingspan.
  • Leverages well in pass protection, using controlled lean and knee bend to widen reach.
  • Can get great depth on his kick and maintain balance while matching rushers in-phase.
  • Already proficient at aligning his base to funnel rushers outside and block interior lanes.
  • Flashes near-elite processing speed and reactive athleticism when responding to stunts.
  • Has a good sense of timing on two-hand extensions and can torque to lock out rushers.
  • Angle-aware run blocker who can rotate his hips to seal defenders inside the scrum.
  • Absolute road-grader on the ground with his athleticism, power, and finisher mentality.
  • He has starting experience at both left and right tackle and can play both spots.

Weaknesses

  • At his height, Mims naturally plays too tall into contact at times and negates his base.
  • Sometimes stalls out his leg drive after initial contact, failing to sustain displacement.
  • Occasionally veers past optimal angles in space and lacks elite recovery flexibility.
  • Sometimes rolls his front foot onto his heel, which can impact his balance versus power.
  • Is still relatively over-reliant on two-hand extensions and can hone his hand-fighting.
  • Hand usage is still relatively bland and hands can be slow and imprecise on recovery.
  • Can be more efficient loading and channeling knock-back power on extensions.
  • Balance deteriorates the longer reps draw on, especially after initial anchor battles.
  • Has a very small sample size of college tape, with just eight career starts.
  • Missed time with an ankle injury in 2023 and missed snaps within games several times.

Zach Frazier

Strengths

  • Low-cut offensive lineman with superb mass and an incredibly strong upper half.
  • Nimble athlete with good blocking range in space and solid lateral mobility.
  • Rapidly extends and loads his base off the snap to attain proper alignment.
  • Former state champion wrestler with an excellent understanding of leverage.
  • Has great hinge fluidity for his size, swiveling around to pick off LBs in space.
  • Possesses stellar anchor strength and can stall out power rushes with his core.
  • Has the strength to delay backside pursuit linemen and pry his way to the second level.
  • Hands carry shock in pass protection and can knock adjacent linemen off balance.
  • Relatively synergetic pass blocker who sequences his base and hands very well.
  • Can quickly process stunts, realign base, and re-exert hands past initial extensions.
  • Possesses good anchor placement and can quickly combat extensions and re-anchor.
  • Robotically assignment-sound in the run game with excellent angle IQ and control.
  • Can rotate his base while anchored to seal off defenders and drive them out of plays.
  • Manhandles 1-on-1 run blocks off the snap with leg churn, leverage, and physicality.
  • Able to torque through and finish defenders who sacrifice leverage trying to pry free.

Weaknesses

  • Doesn’t quite have elite explosiveness or range in space.
  • Doesn’t have superb recovery athleticism and can be lumbering in that phase.
  • Lack of elite length slightly detracts from his maximum knock-back power capacity.
  • Sometimes gives up too much initial displacement against power.
  • On occasion, can be late to help guards who let by initial disruption in the run game.
  • At times, lurches past center of gravity as a moving blocker, eroding grip and balance.
  • Can be baited into extending prematurely against blitzing linebackers.
  • Sometimes rotates his hips too early in pass protection, allowing paths around his gaps.
  • Sometimes widens his base too far, inhibiting his ability to recollect lateral positioning.
  • Occasionally overshoots blocking angles working ahead of screens.
  • Doesn’t quite have elite hip flexibility and sometimes experiences transition delays.

What do you think of these picks, if it were to fall that way? Let us know what you think in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the rest of the 2024 offseason.

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