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2016 NFL mock draft: Pittsburgh Steelers pick up Javon Hargrave

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We have a surprise choice in the SB Nation NFL writers mock draft.

The way the 10th annual SB Nation writers mock draft has fallen, there are still several top-50 overall players on the board. Despite that, Jeff Hartman from Behind the Steel Curtain ignored them all in making the second-round pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

58. Steelers: Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State

Hartman: After taking William Jackson III in the first round, the Steelers team needs were now between safety, defensive line and maybe even a wide receiver they thought could be a game-changer. With almost all quality safeties off the board, the team had a decision to make based on best player available at positions of need and value.

With that said, the team decided to select Javon Hargrave from South Carolina State. Despite playing at a small school, against sub-par competition, Hargrave has the size, speed, quickness and ability to be a force at the NFL level.

Although many might see this as a "reach" pick, Hargrave will be able to contribute as a rookie behind Stephon Tuitt and Cameron Heyward. There might even be the occasional situation where the three defensive linemen line up together to create one formidable defensive front. The Steelers haven’t shied away from selecting players from smaller schools before, and Hargrave should prove to be a great value here in the second round.

Analysis: Hargrave was completely off the radar until the offseason process. He starred at the East-West Shrine Game and looked good when he got called up to the Senior Bowl the next week. He's a stocky and squat lineman who is hard to move off his spot and could line up over the nose. Still, if you're considering Hargrave or a wide receiver, there is some real talent left at the latter. Players like Sterling Shepard of Oklahoma and Will Fuller are practically built for the Steelers offense.

Dan's Top 5 players remaining

  • 40. Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
  • 43. Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
  • 46. Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
  • 51. Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
  • 53. Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor

Steelers picks

  • 1-25: William Jackson, CB, Houson
  • 2-58: Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State

At noon ET we'll be back with a pick from the Kansas City Chiefs and Arrowhead Pride.


Complete draft results:

First round

1. Tennessee TitansLaremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss (Link
2. Cleveland BrownsJared Goff, QB, Cal (Link
3. San Diego ChargersJalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State (Link)
4. Dallas Cowboys - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State (Link)
5. Jacksonville JaguarsMyles Jack, LB, UCLA (Link)
6. Baltimore RavensJoey Bosa, DE, Ohio State (Link)
7. San Francisco 49ersDeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon (Link)
8. Philadelphia EaglesEzekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State (Link)
9. Tampa Bay BuccaneersNoah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky (Link)
10. New York GiantsRonnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame (Link)
11. Chicago Bears - Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida (Link)
12. New Orleans SaintsA'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama (Link)
13. Miami Dolphins - Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State (Link)
14. Oakland RaidersJack Conklin, OT, Michigan State (Link)
15. Los Angeles RamsMackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson (Link)
16. Detroit LionsTaylor Decker, OT, Ohio State (Link)
17. Atlanta FalconsShaq Lawson, DE, Clemson (Link)
18. Indianapolis ColtsRyan Kelly, C, Alabama (Link)
19. Buffalo BillsReggie Ragland, MLB, Alabama (Link)
20. New York Jets - Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State (Link)
21. Washington - Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor (Link)
22. Houston Texans - Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor (Link)
23. Minnesota VikingsJosh Doctson, WR, TCU (Link)
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss (Link)
25. Pittsburgh Steelers - William Jackson, CB, Houston (Link)
26. Seattle SeahawksJonathan Bullard, DL, Florida (Link)
27. Green Bay Packers - Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama (Link)
28. Kansas City ChiefsVernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech (Link)
29. Arizona Cardinals - Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss (Link)
30. Carolina PanthersKevin Dodd, DE, Clemson (Link)
31. Denver BroncosPaxton Lynch, QB, Memphis (Link)

Second round

32. Cleveland Browns - Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State (Link)
33. Tennessee Titans - Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State (Link)
34. Dallas Cowboys - Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville (Link)
35. San Diego Chargers- Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State (Link)
36. Baltimore Ravens - Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech (Link)
37. San Francisco 49ers - Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana (Link)
38. Jacksonville Jaguars - Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia (Link)
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State (Link)
40. New York Giants - Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia (Link)
41. Chicago Bears - Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama (Link)
42. Miami Dolphins - Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame (Link)
43. Los Angeles Rams - Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State (Link)
44. Oakland Raiders - Darian Thompson, S, Boise State (Link)
45. Los Angeles Rams - Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State (Link)
46. Detroit Lions - Jeremy Cash, S, Duke (Link)
47. New Orleans Saints - Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford (Link)
48. Indianapolis Colts - Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State (Link)
49. Buffalo Bills - Kamalei Correa, DE/OLB, Boise State (Link)
50. Atlanta Falcons - Keanu Neal, S, Florida (Link)
51. New York Jets - Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn (Link)
52. Houston Texans - Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas (Link)
53. Washington - Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame (Link)
54. Minnesota Vikings - Su'a Cravens, LB/S, USC (Link)
55. Cincinnati Bengals - Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA (Link)
56. Seattle Seahawks - Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M (Link)
57. Green Bay Packers - Joshua Perry, LB, Ohio State (Link)
58. Pittsburgh Steelers - Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State