Acme Packing Company's 2016 mock draft continues on with picks five and six in round one, as we release the first-round picks over the course of this week. The rules were simple: seven authors were assigned four or five teams apiece, and made the picks for each of those teams whenever they came up. We will pick the first three rounds of the draft.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have traditionally been fans of Ohio State Buckeyes over the last several years. Cameron Heyward, Ryan Shazier, and Mike Adams are among the high picks they have spent on players from Columbus in just the past five drafts. APC projects them to go back to the well this year as well. Meanwhile, the Seahawks find themselves in position to pick up a
Round 1, Pick 25: Pittsburgh Steelers select Taylor Decker, offensive tackle, Ohio State
Here's Jason B. Hirschhorn with his reasoning:
The Steelers badly need help in the secondary, where the voids left by Troy Polumalu and Ike Taylor have yet to be filled. Several enticing defensive backs remain on the board, including Ohio State's big corner Eli Apple.
Yet, Pittsburgh haven't drafted a defensive back in the first round in well over a decade, and the front office hasn't given any indication that it plans to change course. If they don't, offensive tackle Taylor Decker could provide valuable protection for Ben Roethlisberger, who missed a quarter of the 2015 regular season dealing with a variety of calamities.
Round 1, Pick 26: Seattle Seahawks pick William Jackson III, cornerback, Houston
Doug Moore is playing John Schneider in this mock, and has this to say about the selection:
The "Legion of Boom" is what led the Seahawks to two straight Super Bowl appearances and numerous playoff berths as well. The core of this unit (Sherman, Thomas, Chancellor) is still intact, but the team is missing a solid cornerback opposite Richard Sherman. William Jackson III is to some, the best pure cornerback prospect in this draft. Having even a decent talent opposite Sherman makes that secondary very lethal. A talent like Jackson? Well, let's just say that secondary could contend with the Cardinals as the best in the NFL. Jackson has the ceiling of a #1 cornerback and is able to contain his man so many different ways. This would be a borderline dream come true for the Seahawks if Jackson is available this late in the first.
Mock Draft Summary
|North Dakota State
|PHI (via MIA)
|Vernon Hargreaves III
|MIA (via PHI)
|William Jackson III