Do: Keep pick 49 open
The Steelers don’t have to select any singular position at 49; their roster is complete enough that that pick can go anywhere. This usually how the Steelers do it, as they add low-level free agents to fill the void so they can draft the players they like the most at the pick. While the roster does have holes, none are dire needs, meaning pick 49 should be truly the best player available.
Almost any position can and should be selected in the second round. I would probably write off positions like QB, DE, and CB as the team is deep at all three, but if the value is truly there, it wouldn’t be shocking to see them go that direction. While more pressing needs like NT an OL are present, they aren’t forced to go the best player available at those positions. The Steelers are primed to pick almost any position when they are on the clock this year.
This goes back to the point above where they should be targeting 2021 and beyond. Is there a great OLB sitting at 49? Take him as insurance in case Bud Dupree walks next year. Is there a TE that the team thinks could be a future starter? Nab him and expect him to jump up the depth chart next year. The lack of early playing time may make some fans upset, but the fact of the matter is there aren’t many positions that need a player to play early.
The Steelers are in a prime position after filling out their roster this offseason. No needs are glaring, meaning the Steelers have a lot of options when it comes to who they should target in this draft. Following these steps above will help achieve a stable and quality draft that should help the team win both this year and for the years afterward. While this draft class will be like no other, the Steelers are in a perfect spot to get quality players.