ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has the Pittsburgh Steelers addressing one of their biggest needs in his latest mock draft but not taking a cornerback at No. 22 overall.
McShay has the Steelers picking Kentucky defensive end/outside linebacker Bud Dupree in his fifth mock draft. McShay previously had Pittsburgh taking Oregon defensive end Arik Armstead, and Steelers fans are probably much happier with this pick.
Dupree recorded 23.5 career sacks at Kentucky, including 7.5 in 2014. The 6-4, 269-pounder tested ridiculously well at the NFL scouting combine in February, running the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds and recording a vertical leap of 42 inches.
In addition to excellent measurables, Dupree has the size to play strong side outside linebacker and hold his own against the run.
There are questions about Dupree's instincts and whether he doesn't play as fast as he should because he is thinking too much. Dupree would be the perfect project for Steelers outside linebackers coach Joey Porter. He could also learn from veteran outside linebacker James Harrison.
It remains to be seen whether the Steelers will get a chance to draft Dupree.
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. said Dupree is a "hot guy right now" and pass-rushers are among the most coveted player in the draft. Kiper said he thinks Dupree will be a top-16 pick next Thursday.