Bleacher Report recently did a do-over with the 2019 NFL Draft and the Pittsburgh Steelers ended up adding a former Alabama defensive tackle with their new pick.
Looking back at who the Pittsburgh Steelers selected during the 2019 NFL Draft, they made out pretty well.
Devin Bush looks like he’s going to be a starter for a while, Dionte Johnson could emerge as the team’s No. 2 receiver in 2020, and the Steelers were able to land a number of prospects with tremendous potential including Justin Layne, Isaiah Buggs, and Zach Gentry.
What if Pittsburgh had the opportunity to re-do the choices they made in last year’s draft? Knowing what they now know about the prospects who came from the 2019 class, who would the Steelers end up drafting?
Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox recently made an attempt to re-draft the 2019 NFL Draft and it resulted in Pittsburgh landing with a completely different player.
Since the order of the picks wasn’t affected by any draft day deals, the Steelers ended up having to wait until their original slot at pick No. 20 to make their first selection. Bush actually ended up coming off the board at No. 9 to the Buffalo Bills, so Pittsburgh’s choice was automatically going to be someone new.
Williams was originally selected by the New York Jets with the No. 3 pick in 2019. He ended up appearing in 13 games for the Jets as a rookie last season and he finished with 28 tackles, 11 pressures, and 2.5 sacks.
Williams was one of the top-rated prospects in the 2019 class, so him dropping to Pittsburgh at No. 20 seems like a steal. He wasn’t extremely dominant as a rookie like some felt he could be, but his potential is still sky-high.
If this is how last year’s draft actually turned out, the Steelers would likely be very happy with how Williams fell to them.