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2019 NFL Mock Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers Select QB Daniel Jones at No. 20

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The mock draft gets a shake-up as Pittsburgh selects a QB.

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With the 20th pick in the 2019 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select...

Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

The selection and write-up were made by SurrDawg:

I struggled with this one as the board played out the way it did. I was thinking back-7 on DEF since signing up for Pittsburgh. However, there is no one that I love remaining at LB (what I’d say is the biggest need, followed by corner). There would be plenty of CBs to pick from here. I think this could be the route that the Steelers go here. For what it’s worth, I’d guess Byron Murphy (CB, Washington) might be that selection. But I really don’t want him in black and gold for years to come. If not CB, my guess would be the organization overreacts from the loss of AB and choose his replacement (I think that the best options would be another Brown – either A.J. or Marquise). Instead, I’m going to throw in a wildcard.

With all the instability/controversy occurring in the locker room, I wonder if perhaps this organization decides to re-focus and prioritize stability for the long term. With the 20th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select Daniel Jones, QB (Duke).

Big Ben has yo-yoed on retirement over the last couple of years. Now – unless the departures of Haley and now Brown have changed his opinion – I would start planning for his succession. Perhaps, Jones can learn from the future Hall of Fame QB for a season or two and be ready to step by Year 2 or 3. No fan base enjoys selecting an heir-apparent when they still feel that their QB can keep them in contention. However, being a Browns’ fan too young to have witnessed and/or remember any “success,” finding your QB is worth it. I know the Steelers aren’t used to this mentality. But – if they don’t have a contingency plan in place – they will fall further and further behind their AFC North rivals. I think they will continue to compete, but in the Wild Card/playoff “sleeper” for the duration of the Roethlisberger era. But their days as the top dog are over and their Front Office should acknowledge this and respond accordingly.

Before everyone goes and blames me for ruining this exercise, hear me out. Jones is a late riser and some scouts actually have him as the top of his position. I do not know if I would rate him as the top QB, but they has been plenty of 1st Round buzz around him as the Draft Day approaches. In reality, trades may occur and I wouldn’t be completely surprised if Jones was off the board by this point - so I haven’t “altered” the Big Board much, if at all. There’s talk of Chargers, Packers, and even Patriots perhaps looking for their respective next QB. I do think that the Steelers do go after a QB “early” in this draft. Don’t be surprised that they do so in the 2nd or 3rd, if not here. I may actually think that Jarrett Stidham from Auburn may actually be a better fit for Pittsburgh, so maybe they hope he slides to them there – or they go really bold and pull the trigger on him at #20. They may just have an affinity for 6’5” QBs.

Pokorny: “There we go — a pick that shakes things up a bit! With Roethlisberger teasing retirement for so long, Pittsburgh does need to start thinking about their quarterback of the future, and Jones could be it. This pick probably wouldn’t go over well with Pittsburgh fans, but I see the sense in it.”

The Seattle Seahawks are up next, led by Swagnasty.

2019 DBN Community Mock Draft Results

Pick Team Username Selection
Pick Team Username Selection
1 Arizona Cardinals Suppa Bob QB Kyler Murray
2 San Francisco 49ers Head Hunter Horning EDGE Nick Bosa
3 New York Jets Robo Dawg EDGE Josh Allen
4 Oakland Raiders mrwhitman DT Quinnen Williams
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers xfl2001fan DT Ed Oliver
6 New York Giants Barry Shuck LB Devin White
7 Jacksonville Jaguars Your Friendly Neighborhood Esq. OT Jonah Williams
8 Detroit Lions Bo154033 DE Montez Sweat
9 Buffalo Bills Browns95 WR D.K. Metcalf
10 Denver Broncos poultman QB Drew Lock
11 Cincinnati Bengals Mudville LB Devin Bush
12 Green Bay Packers unoservix DE Rashan Gary
13 Miami Dolphins a2342432a QB Dwayne Haskins
14 Atlanta Falcons BrianB77 DT Christian Wilkins
15 Washington Redskins troy145 CB Greedy Williams
16 Carolina Panthers GrandAdmiralThrawn0905 EDGE Brian Burns
17 New York Giants fjblessi OT Jawaan Taylor
18 Minnesota Vikings impulseCTRLissues TE T.J. Hockenson
19 Tennessee Titans UberTater OG Cody Ford
20 Pittsburgh Steelers Robo Dawg QB Daniel Jones
21 Seattle Seahawks Swagnasty DT Jeffery Simmons
22 Baltimore Ravens jdreyfuss C Garrett Bradbury
23 Houston Texans Adam Rice OT Andre Dillard
24 Oakland Raiders BigTownBrown WR N'Keal Harry
25 Philadelphia Eagles ButCanHeSetTheEdge? CB Byron Murphy
26 Indianapolis Colts Siberian Husky WR A.J. Brown
27 Oakland Raiders OhioCityBrownsBeliever RB Josh Jacobs
28 Los Angeles Chargers Crawford_T DE Clelin Ferrell
29 Seattle Seahawks pt_999 TE Noah Fant
30 Green Bay Packers Legoman0721 OG Chris Lindstrom
31 Los Angeles Rams Topanga Jeff RB David Montgomery
32 New England Patriots Midnite Moses DT Dexter Lawrence