Updated Steelers draft needs after early free agency

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Could a top RB fall to the Steelers at 49?
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – NOVEMBER 30: Jonathan Taylor #23 of the Wisconsin Badgers looks on before the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium on November 30, 2019, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

Not really needs:

  1. Running back
  2. Cornerback
  3. Defensive end
  4. Quarterback

These last four spots aren’t needed, but if the value is right, the team could draft them late. Running back has been touted as a top need this offseason, but with a healthy James Conner and a developing Benny Snell, it may be a position that gets passed on. If a complete prospect like Jonathan Taylor makes it to 49 after his amazing Combine and college career, the Steelers could make an exemption. Otherwise, the team may be best to ignore the position in the draft.

The Steelers let Artie Burns walk this offseason which has opened up a potential spot on the depth chart. That said, this is one of the deepest positions on the team. If a good prospect falls to them in the late rounds though, they could stash them on the roster and work on developing them.

Defensive end is the same as cornerback, essentially. The starters are set, and the backups are pretty secure as well. Any player taken at this position would be a longshot to make the roster though, as the team typically only carries four ends every year.

Finally, we have quarterback (which is the most overblown need on the team this year). Ben Roethlisberger will be back, and the backups did enough to be confident they can win 3-4 games if Roethlisberger were injured. While the future at the position may not be on the team, this isn’t the year the Steelers have the capitol or need to go after their future quarterback.

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The Steelers have done an excellent job at filling needs this offseason. Going into the draft, the Steelers will be able to target multiple positions to find the best fits for the team. No matter if the team goes like last year and adds rookies to positions already addressed or if they make shocking picks early like 2017, the Steelers are primed to make the most of their limited draft capital.