Jordan Willis is the 2016 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. Read which NFL mock draft has him going in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
College: Kansas State #75
Position: Defensive End
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- Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, 2016
- First team All-Big 12, 2016.
- Honorable mention All-American, 2016.
- Three year starter.
- Plays to the whistle.
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Jordan Willis was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2016. That alone should make Willis a first round draft choice in the 2017 NFL draft.
But Jordan Willis played in the Big 12. And, as we all know, some say defense is optional in the Big 12. I’m not saying that it is the equivalent of being named defensive MVP in the NBA all-star game. But it isn’t too far off.
Jordan Willis appears in the first round in Eric Galko’s NFL mock draft on SportingNews.com. Galko has Willis going to the PIttsburgh Steelers with pick number 30.
Jeff Hartman of BehindtheSteelCurtain.com says the number one need for the Pittsburgh Steelers is, in fact, edge rusher. And, Jordan Willis fits that bill.
The problem is, if you look at all the other 2017 NFL mock drafts, there are about 16 edge rushers showing up on the various mock drafts that are drafted in the first round. That means that if everyone of those edge rushers were to get drafted in the first round (which won’t happen) exactly half the first round draft choices would have to be edge rushers.
You can’t swing a dead cat and not hit a potential first round edge rusher in the 2017 NFL draft. With that said, there is no point to panicking and drafting a marginal edge rusher in the first round. There will be plenty of edge rushers in the second round.
Jordan Willis will be a mid second round draft choice to a third round draft choice in the 2017 NFL draft.