The Steelers sit in the middle of the draft & can maximize their position with some names that have fallen to differing circumstances.
Whenever risk outweighs value, the drawback to commit for whatever reason is often easy. Now, when the risk is great, but the value either matches is or able to supersede, it almost becomes a moral decision. As an organization, what are the Steelers willing to bend on our end to ensure their safety that “player x” will work out long term?
Enough talent can be convincing, no matter the “red flags”. For the Steelers, they will have to flex their skill with their place in the draft, but could very well be in place for a player or two who fits these criteria.
LB Willie Gay Jr.
A rather bold projection, especially considering Willie Gay Jr. is a LB that stands at 6’1, weighing 243 pounds. However, as Isaiah Simmons took the world, Gay was still making a name for himself that should make him a hot commodity for twitter threads the next month.
An absolute insane showing of athleticism in Indy, this wasn’t anything new if someone was familiar with Willie pre-combine. His explosiveness and sideline-to-sideline pursuit are among the easiest things to notice that pops on his tape.
The three-year Mississippi State Bulldog alum was primed to break out as a leader & player until an NCAA violation with an academic tutor resulted in Gay being suspended 8 games in 2019. Still, in 5 games, he totaled 28 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 INT, 1 TD, 1 pass deflection, 2 fumble recoveries, and 1 fumble forced fumble.
An excellent blitzer with a relentless hustle for the ball, the combine should help his favor but he still remains an early day 3 projection that could play for some time in the NFL.