Three Positions Steelers Could Go in First Round
The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the clock…
Now that the season is over, and its been over for the Steelers for several weeks now, offseason buzz for every team has begun. The most popular buzz is the draft, and a personal favorite of mine to write about. The Steelers have many needs, both for starting spots and depth. Let’s take a look at the most realistic positions the Steelers could go in the first round of the draft.
3. Tight End
The talk of selecting a tight end in the first round has picked up over the last several weeks. Heath Miller is entering his 10th NFL season, and his age is beginning to show. By no means is he dried out, but having a solid backup receiving tight end would only help bolster an improving offense. The only player worth a first round pick would be Maxx Williams from Minnesota. Adding Williams and giving the Steelers offense the capability to run a 2 tight end set would make an already dangerous offense even better. Tight end is a long shot in the first round, but the Steelers are certainly known for surprising in the first round.
2. Outside Linebacker
This all depends on whether or not the Steelers decide to bring back Jason Worilds. If Worilds is retained, I believe outside linebacker is no longer a priority and falls down to the middle or late rounds of the draft. If Worilds isn’t retained or another free agent is brought in, outside linebacker is up for grabs for the top priority in the draft. The draft is stacked with DE/OLB draft prospects with first round potential. Dante Fowler, Vic Beasley and Alvin Dupree are the most realistic players to be available when the Steelers pick at 22. Again, this pick depends on whether or not Jason Worilds is kept.
Sep 27, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies defensive back Marcus Peters (21) intercepts the ball intended for Stanford Cardinal wide receiver Ty Montgomery (7) during the second half at Husky Stadium. Stanford defeated Washington 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
If you didn’t see this one coming, you more than likely didn’t watch a Steelers game this season, as their secondary, specifically their cornerbacks, were awful. Granted, some of the backups picked up the slack towards the season, but the Steelers don’t have a true number one cornerback on their roster. Cortez Allen is payed like one, just doesn’t play like one. Even if he picks up his game, cornerback still should be the top priority in the draft. There are many cornerbacks who could be available as well when the Steelers pick at 22, such as Trae Waynes, P.J. Williams, and troubles star Marcus Peters. Free agency could be a way to go to bolster the cornerback position, but there are a lot of talented cornerback that are first round worthy. Look for the Steelers to select one.
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