Updated Steelers draft needs after early free agency
Still needs some fixing:
- Nose Tackle
- Interior offensive line
Could the Steelers target a nose tackle, a position that doesn’t play more than 40 percent of the snaps typically, at pick 49? It’s not impossible, as it remains the biggest hole after the early free agency period. Even with the trade for Wormley, the Steelers could add a more versatile player there. Wormley has only started 15 games in his young career and is more of a run plugger over a pass rusher.
If the Steelers want a true replacement for Javon Hargrave, they will have to find him in the second round. Neville Gallimore, Ross Blacklock, and Justin Madubuike could all be available at pick 49 and represent more of a Hargrave type of player at the position. Madubuike has some impressive tape at nose tackle from Texas A&M.
If they ignore the position there, there are a plethora of more typical run-stopping options (akin to Wormley) that can be had in the 3rd and 4th round.
Safety and offensive line are both needs at about the same level. For safety, the team has no depth behind their starters and typically the third safety sees time in some sub-packages. Antoine Winfield Jr., son of 14-year NFL veteran Antoine Winfield, would be a great addition at 49. Small school prospects like Jeremy Chinn and Kyle Dugger have great size and would be solid additions in the third round.
Even with the addition of Wisniewski, the Steelers could still target an interior player at 49 to completely shore up the position. Lloyd Cushenberry III and Tyler Biadasz would instantly compete with Wisniewski to start this year. A player like Matt Hennessy or Damien Lewis would be 3rd-4th round options that would provide long-term options at the position.