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Steelers Make Fascinating First Round Pick in Mel Kiper's First 2022 NFL Mock Draft

Larry Rupp
The Pittsburgh Steelers make a fascinating first round pick in Mel Kiper's first 2022 NFL mock draft.
The Pittsburgh Steelers make a fascinating first round pick in Mel Kiper's first 2022 NFL mock draft. / Joe Sargent/GettyImages

The Pittsburgh Steelers' season came to an end thanks to a Wild Card Round loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. However, this team has proven they have the pieces to contend for a Super Bowl title right now. Mel Kiper has Pittsburgh adding that one missing piece in his first 2022 NFL Mock Draft.

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Kiper has Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral landing with the Steelers at No. 20 overall. This obviously has to do with the fact that veteran Ben Roethlisberger may retire in the offseason. Backups Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins have shown little upside when it comes to being NFL starting QBs.

Corral sticks out in this draft class given he is much more of a project than others. The 22-year-old was streaky during his junior year, but the raw upside is there. Corral has pinpoint accuracy when throwing the football and completed 67.3% of his pass attempts in college (37 games played).

More importantly, Corral's attitude fits in Pittsburgh. The Rebel standout is tough and always got back up after taking on the hard hits. Corral is also capable of making plays with his legs, which is something the Steelers have been missing. Head coach Mike Tomlin has expressed that exact notion multiple times.

It's not unrealistic to think that Corral would enter training camp as the favorite to earn the starting job if drafted by the Steelers. We'll see if Mel Kiper's projection comes into fruition when the NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday, April 28.

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