Do: Remember the small school guys
This upcoming draft is going to have a lot of unknowns due to the fact the pre-draft process has been so cut down. Teams are going to be drafting guys that they haven’t been able to meet face to face and will have to connect more lines than in a usual year. This makes drafting a small school option even riskier, as the team likely hasn’t been able to do the due diligence on the position beforehand.
This could lead to small school guys like Adam Trautman, Jeremy Chinn, and Kyle Dugger falling a little farther from the top of the class and maybe as low as the end of the third round when the Steelers pick again. While the Steelers may shy away from them because of there small school status, ignoring one of these guys based on their school isn’t wise.
Chinn and Dugger would be instant upgrades as backup options and Chinn, in particular, has the size to play some ILB in sub-packages. Trautman may end up being the best overall TE in this class and considering roster is set only for the short term, Trautman could be a starter as early as next year. Highsmith and Watkins are both mid to late-round guys, but each could become valuable backups and developmental starters.
No, the Steelers shouldn’t invest their first pick on a small school guy as the value won’t be that great. If one of the three listed above is sitting in the 3rd round though, that value and potential may be too good to pass on. Most picks in this draft are going to be extreme question marks. The Steelers might as well grab a guy who has a huge upside even though those questions remain.