The Pittsburgh Steelers have a number of needs to address this offseason. Here’s why offense will catch their eyes early in the draft.
Despite what draft analysts have recently predicted, one direction I’m positive the Steelers aren’t going to go in the second round of the 2020 NFL Drat is cornerback. Pittsburgh has plenty of needs to address this offseason, and we will be able to narrow them down for you in the coming months.
Until we find out what’s going to happen with Bud Dupree this offseason, edge defender could certainly be a big need for the Steelers moving forward. However, it’s possible that Pittsburgh will hand him the franchise tag in the short term. Here’s my latest 7-round mock draft for the Steelers:
2nd Round: Brandon Aiyuk
Wide receiver, Arizona State
Pittsburgh could go several directions with their second-round pick, but I have them taking an offensive playmaker who will be impossible to ignore. Brandon Aiyuk is a long flashy receiver, who doesn’t have a lot of weaknesses in his game. He is a player that could shoot up draft boards after the NFL Combine. However, with so many great receiver prospects in this class, a few of them are going to fall in Pittsburgh’s range in the second. Aiyuk could eventually compete for a starting role on the Steelers, and he would give quarterback Ben Roethlisberger another weapon in his closing run at a Super Bowl.
3rd Round (comp): Jared Pinkney
Tight end, Vanderbilt
This time last season, Jared Pinkney was believed by many to be the future top tight end prospect entering the 2020 NFL Draft. However, things didn’t exactly go according to plan for the big Vanderbilt product. Pinkney saw his best season as a junior in 2018. He came back for his senior year, but with a ton of turnover with their offense and coaching staff, Pinkney was rarely targeted. But Pinkney’s misfortune is Pittsburgh’s gain. Though he is a bit lumbering in his movements, Pinkney could come in and compete to be the number two tight end right away for the Steelers. He projects best as an in-line, traditional tight end, and could eventually become a starter.