5 Senior Bowl players Steelers could target in the 2020 NFL Draft

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - OCTOBER 27: Jared Pinkney #80 of the Vanderbilt Commodores runs the ball during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Commodores defeated the Razorbacks 45-31. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
FAYETTEVILLE, AR - OCTOBER 27: Jared Pinkney #80 of the Vanderbilt Commodores runs the ball during a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The Commodores defeated the Razorbacks 45-31. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /
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WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – OCTOBER 28: Brycen Hopkins #89 of the Purdue Boilermakers runs with the ball after catching a pass in the second quarter of the game between the Purdue Boilermakers and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ross-Ade Stadium on October 28, 2017 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
WEST LAFAYETTE, IN – OCTOBER 28: Brycen Hopkins #89 of the Purdue Boilermakers runs with the ball after catching a pass in the second quarter of the game between the Purdue Boilermakers and the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Ross-Ade Stadium on October 28, 2017 in West Lafayette, Indiana. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) /

TE Brycen Hopkins, Purdue

Brycen Hopkins is another player the Steelers could target in the draft this year. The Purdue tight end is a superior receiver to Pinkney, but is not as powerful in the run game. Hopkins is a player who can line up all over the field. He can get vertical against linebackers and he excels as a route runner.

Hopkins, however, is on the older side, and he doesn’t exactly fit the mold of a traditional tight end. He also disappointed at his Senior Bowl weigh-ins – coming in at just 6’3 1/2” after being listed at 6’5” in college. Still, with a need at the position, Hopkins is a player who could impress the Steelers scouts during Senior Bowl practices.

DT Benito Jones, Ole Miss

Benito Jones is a player who could certainly draw some interest from Pittsburgh. Jones was a four-year starter at defensive tackle for Ole Miss. At 6’1” and 321 pounds, Jones has a stout frame and projects best as a nose tackle at the next level.

Jones had surprising production for a man his size in 2019. He finished his senior season with 10 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, and an interception in 11 games. Javon Hargrave is an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and there is plenty of reason to believe that the Steelers will not be able to retain him. Jones could slide right into Hargrave’s role as a situational defensive lineman and help shut down the run.

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The Steelers will have many options when day two of the NFL draft rolls around, and these five players could certainly be on their draft board. Keep a close eye on them this week during Senior Bowl practices. There’s a chance one of these players may be Pittsburgh’s pick early in the draft.