The Steelers need to revitalize the passing game in the 2020 draft
The Steelers offense finished the 2019 season ranked 31st in average passing yards per game. That is worse than where we ranked in the running game. The passing game was only able to muster a paltry 186.3 yards per game. Similar to the running game, the passing game was also hampered by injuries.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, who was supposed to be the ‘No. 1’ wide receiver, missed 4 games due to injury. That, in and of itself, was probably not the sole reason the Steelers offense was void of any real threat in the passing game, but his presence certainly would have helped.
Even had Smith-Schuster played in all 16 games, the Steelers offense still would have lacked a true vertical receiver, a receiver who could have stretched the field to open up the underneath routes. The reality is this: I don’t think we know whether or not we have a true vertical threat because the offense was anemic and ineffective in most games.
With that said, I believe the Steeler’s second-biggest position of need is wide receiver, a receiver who can provide the ‘field-stretching’ capability we were lacking in 2019. Unlike the running back position, I can see us selecting a receiver in the second round, particularly if a receiver of the aforementioned skillset is still on the board.
Although the Steelers drafted a receiver in the third round of the 2019 draft, Diontae Johnson, I do not believe this would preclude us from drafting another receiver or two in the 2020 draft. You can never have too many good players at the skill positions.
Let’s see what other positions the Steelers could target.