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2018 NFL Mock Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers Select LB Leighton Vander Esch at No. 28

The Steelers take a linebacker, but is there any chance they go quarterback instead?

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With the 28th pick of the 2018 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select...

Leighton Vander Esch, ILB, Boise St

The selection and write-up were made by xfl2001fan:

At 6’4, 256lbs, LVE posted nearly identical numbers at the combine as Steelers Rookie standout TJ Watt. In his final season as a Bronco, LVE was productive rushing the passer, playing in coverage, stopping the run...he is still a bit raw, but has solid instincts. Having played at Boise State, he’s comfortable in a 3-4 alignment and should have few problems transitioning to their defense. The Steelers ask their linebackers to do a little bit of everything and that’s what he’s capable of doing. He will need coached up to not over-pursue plays in the run game and doesn’t have elite speed, but should provide good value at this point in the draft

Pokorny: “Given the unexpected situation with Ryan Shazier last year, filling that void with a linebacker makes sense. The question is how quickly he’ll be ready to start, and whether Pittsburgh is willing to be patient with that. The Steelers also have to consider their future situation at quarterback as Ben Roethlisberger considers retirement more and more.”

The Jacksonville Jaguars are up next, led by kizer america.

2018 DBN Community Mock Draft Results

Pick Team Username Selection
Pick Team Username Selection
1 Cleveland Browns Grimflick QB Lamar Jackson
2 New York Giants Your Friendly Neighborhood Esq. QB Baker Mayfield
3 New York Jets jclark22 DE Bradley Chubb
4 Cleveland Browns Keyser Sozze CB Denzel Ward
5 Denver Broncos poultman RB Saquon Barkley
6 Indianapolis Colts Browns95 OG Quenton Nelson
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ezweav DB Minkah Fitzpatrick
8 Chicago Bears Ostate84 LB Tremaine Edmunds
9 San Francisco 49ers Mudville DE Marcus Davenport
10 Oakland Raiders makeaplay59 LB Roquan Smith
11 Miami Dolphins Swagnasty QB Josh Rosen
12 Buffalo Bills GratefulDawg QB Sam Darnold
13 Washington Redskins Maul Poleski S Derwin James
14 Green Bay Packers Darth_Batman DE/OLB Harold Landry
15 Arizona Cardinals Brocolis154033 QB Josh Allen
16 Baltimore Ravens Fluke_on_target WR Calvin Ridley
17 Los Angeles Chargers Crawford_T DT Vita Vea
18 Seattle Seahawks OhioCityBrownsBeliever CB Mike Hughes
19 Dallas Cowboys Topanga Jeff OG Will Hernandez
20 Detroit Lions clefan4lif DT Taven Bryan
21 Cincinnati Bengals Robo Dawg OG Isaiah Wynn
22 Buffalo Bills a2342432a WR Christian Kirk
23 New England Patriots unoservix OT Kolton Miller
24 Carolina Panthers mrwhitman WR D.J. Moore
25 Tennessee Titans troy145 DE/OLB Arden Key
26 Atlanta Falcons BrianB77 DT Da'Ron Payne
27 New Orleans Saints Legoman0721 LB Lorenzo Carter
28 Pittsburgh Steelers xfl2001fan LB Leighton Vander Esch
29 Jacksonville Jaguars kizer america LB Rashaan Evans
30 Minnesota Vikings pt_999 OT Mike McGlinchey
31 New England Patriots Matt Wood TE Mike Gesicki
32 Philadelphia Eagles Adam Rice OT Connor Williams
33 Cleveland Browns fjblessi DT Maurice Hurst
34 New York Giants anthszabo RB Derrius Guice
35 Cleveland Browns tmartin5785 DE Sam Hubbard