The NFL Draft is just around the corner, and the Steelers are shorthanded on selections this year. Here are five sleeper players Pittsburgh could target.
Even without a first-round pick in 2020, Steelers fans have plenty of reason to be excited about the NFL Draft this year. Last year, Pittsburgh got some pleasant production out of third-round draft choice Diontae Johnson and fourth-rounder Benny Snell.
In 2018, Jaylen Samuels caught 26 of 29 targets for nearly 200 yards and 3 touchdowns as a fifth-round rookie, and in 2017, Pittsburgh landed James Conner with a compensatory pick in the third round.
Under the direction of Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert, the Steelers have hit on mid-to-late-round sleepers like William Gay (5th round), Mike Wallace (3rd round), Antonio Brown (6th round), Emmanuel Sanders (3rd round), Kelvin Beachum (7th round), Vince Williams (6th round), Martavis Bryant (4th round), and Javon Hargrave (3rd round). These players proved to be pivotal to the team’s success during their time in Pittsburgh.
Though the Steelers aren’t going to find a late-round gem in every draft class, it’s always an added bonus when they do. Every year, there are dozens of day two and three players who end up possessing value far beyond where they were picked in the NFL Draft. The Steelers hope to find one of those players this year.
After countless hours of film study, here are five players I believe could poise very good value in the NFL Draft this year: