Running back: 3rd-4th round
I can almost tell you with certainty that, judging by what the Steelers look for at the running back position, it would be the best value to address this between rounds three and four.
Pittsburgh could go even higher with this pick. While I don’t think they have a lot of interest in Jonathan Taylor, J.K. Dobbins is a player they potentially draft with the 49th pick, if he’s still on the board. However, I would argue that value is greater if they were to wait a round or two.
In the third round, Pittsburgh could draft a player like Cam Akers or possibly even land Zack Moss or A.J. Dillion with the first of their fourth-round picks. All three of these players project as workhorse backs at the next level.
While the Steelers could wait until day three to take a running back, they probably aren’t going to find a starter at that point – especially considering that they typically only draft running backs that are at least 5’10” and 215 pounds. Personally, I wouldn’t mind taking a change of pace back like Jamycal Hasty or Anthony McFarland, but that isn’t Pittsburgh’s cup of tea.
Drafting a back in rounds 3 or 4 will prove to be the best value.
- A.J. Dillon, Round 4
- Cam Akers, Round 3
- Zack Moss, Round 4