Why should the Steelers convert Shenault to a running back?
The Steelers have 6 picks in the 2020 draft and need to address multiple needs. It’s a tough ask to have them pick starting-caliber players at RB, WR, OG/OT, DL, and LB with their limited draft capital. So, rather than trying to hit a home run in every round, why not select a player who kills two birds with one stone?
Shenault already knows how to run the ball from the offensive backfield. Not only would he bring explosive playmaking ability and toughness, but he would be far advanced over any other RB in the draft when it comes to making plays in the passing game. Would he need to work on his pass blocking skills? Yes. But he has the physicality and talent to do so, and every time he sets foot on the field he causes problems for a defensive coordinator.
It’s about time the Steelers added a home run threat to their offense. Why not add a dynamic player who could thrive anywhere you line him up on offense? The only hurdle I see for all of this coming together is that Shenault will likely be picked before the Steelers select in the second round. But we can hope, can’t we? Stranger things have happened.