The Steelers have already signed two key offensive players, thus they can now focus on defensive prospects for the Draft.
The team has signed Tight End Ladarius Green to a four-year deal, as well as veteran Guard Ramon Foster. The Steelers hope to resign Tackle Kelvin Beachum, who is scheduled to visit the New York Jets. Reports indicate that Beachum and the team may be far apart on a deal.
Beachum missed most of the season and was replaced by Alejandro Villanueva, who gained valuable experience. The Steelers have confidence in Villanueva, so one would have to assume that they are not going to overpay Beachum.
The two signings allow the team to focus on making defensive picks in April. The following three players could make an impact, despite their place on the board.
Matt Judon – Grand Valley State – DE – 6’3 – 275
Coming from a small school, Judon led all of college football last season with 21 sacks. He is very strong and quick and his measurables at the combine were 30 bench reps and 4.73 in the 40. He played in Division II, so he has not had the exposure to elite opposing talent.
With his measurables and good coaching he could be great to sub in and allow Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt their well-deserved breaks.
James Bradberry – Samford – CB – 6’1 – 211
Another small school player, Bradberry played corner for four years at Samford and was invited to the Senior Bowl. He has long arms and likes to play press coverage, always looking to break up passes. Bradberry keeps his eyes in the backfield, observing play development to break on the ball carrier when a run develops.
He seems to be a good fit for the Steelers’ 3-4 scheme. He appears a bit stiff and limited in his ability to turn around quickly, so may get beat on deep routes and double moves. He started his college career at Arkansas State, where he was made a safety, but his desire to play corner led him to Samford.
Scooby Wright III – Arizona – ILB – 6’0 – 239
An interesting player out of the Pac-12, Wright had 31 tackles for loss in 2014. He has an odd build – being top heavy – and tends to leave his feet often when tackling. Wright tracks the ball very well and was very disruptive at Arizona. He could add good depth to the inside linebacker unit and would be a good special teams player.