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Early 2022 mock drafts have Steelers, Eagles taking PSU players in first round

Photo by Penn State Athletics: Rasheed Walker

You can find way-too-early 2022 NFL mock drafts all over the place now the 2021 draft is over. And while these early mock drafts vary greatly and often prove to be WAY off, they are still fun to look at.

One mock draft just out today offers an intriguing possibility for both a Penn State product and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Sporting News has just one PSU player in its first-round mock, and he is left tackle Rasheed Walker. That’s no surprise given that Walker (6-6, 312) is very highly rated by just about all analysts and will find his name in a lot of first-round mocks over the next 12 months.

TSN has the Steelers drafting Walker at No. 17 overall and said this about the choice:

The Steelers did invest later picks on offensive linemen as they transition up front, but there’s a good chance they will seek a rock for left tackle to better protect Ben Roethlisberger or someone else.

Fox Sports also has Walker going in the first round of its early 2022 mock, at No. 16 to the Los Angeles Chargers. This is what it wrote about the PSU product:

In a strong class of left tackles, Walker has the size (6-foot-6, 312 pounds), credentials (All-Big Ten) and career starts (22) to be in the first-round discussion.

A different Penn State player showed up in the first round of Sport Illustrated’s Fan Nation mock draft. It has defensive end Adisa Isaac going to the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 23. This is why:

The Eagles are getting older defensively. They’ll need to find a replacement for Brandon Graham and Isaac has the talent to be that. Isaac is a freak athlete like Odafe Oweh but he should put up big-time numbers as the top pass rusher for Penn State next season. He’ll be one of the biggest risers this season.

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Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

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