The Steelers need to find a way to help Ben Roethlisberger in 2020. Here’s a look at my latest seven-round 2020 NFL mock draft for Pittsburgh.
Despite their poor cap situation, the Steelers are going to be looking to bolster their offense before the 2020 season. Without Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown last year, Pittsburgh’s offense plummeted to 30th in the NFL.
The Steelers could look to free agency to fill some of their needs, but with just over $1.5 million in cap space, it’s unlikely they will be able to bring in any big names. Because of this, I have the Steelers tripling up on skill players to start the 2020 NFL Draft:
2nd Round: J.K. Dobbins
Running back, Ohio State
It might not be much longer than I can mock a player like J.K. Dobbins to the Steelers in the second round, as he is one of the players rumored to blow up the NFL Combine this year. Though there aren’t any running backs with a true first-round grade this year, Dobbins is a big Physical runner who might be the best all-around back entering the draft this year.
James Conner is in the last year of his rookie deal, and Pittsburgh could start transitioning to an even more versatile, less injury-prone, running back. I recently wrote about how a running back may be able to help the Steelers faster than any other position this year. In a closing Super Bowl window, this could be what they need.
3rd Round (comp): Jared Pinkney
Tight end, Vanderbilt
Jared Pinkney is a player who was often mocked to Steelers in the first round over the summer-long before the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade. However, a poor senior season at Vanderbilt makes him a definite possibility in the second round at this point.
Pinkney is a bit stiff as an athlete, but what he lacks in fluidity he makes up for with his physicality in the run game and soft hands in the receiving game. Pinkney is far from the perfect tight end prospect, but the Steelers clearly need help at the position, and he could potentially insert himself into the number two tight end role.