What the Steelers should do with the 49th pick
#4 Harrison Bryant, TE, Florida Atlantic
Harrison Bryant could be a nice addition to an offense that was the Steelers weaker side of the ball in 2019. I think the Steelers will keep Vance McDonald, but he has been injury-prone. Bryant might be the type of player that can step in and play tight end when Vance is down.
Fitchner could also get creative with the offense if Vance McDonald could stay healthy. The Steelers would have two tight ends who could pass catch and that includes in the intermediate-long game.
Hopkins also has shown the ability to block on tape. That could spell more two-tight end sets for the Steelers to tune up their offense. This would help if they want to play more conservatively.
#5 Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma
This could be a sneaky good pick for the Steelers. Hurts is not the pocket passer to go in the first round, but he might be there in round two. I think with the year Lamar Jackson had, this could be the Steelers answer for years to come.
Hurts was a prolific runner to go along with his passing at Alabama and then his last year at Oklahoma. I thought his accuracy improved in Alabama. He may not have the long passing ability of Lamar Jackson, but he can compete with him in the AFC North with a similar scheme to what Greg Roman did in Baltimore.
He was dominant at Alabama and was a winner at Alabama and they didn’t make the college football playoff without him. He instead made the playoffs as the quarterback of the Oklahoma Sooners in 2019.
There are a lot of different directions the Steelers can go in with the 49th pick. Free Agency is also a big wild card as far as what the Steelers will need. Will there biggest need be nose tackle? Or will it be outside linebacker? We won’t know the answer to these questions until April. I sure hope one of these guys is available to them at #49.