With a wide variety of names being mocked to the Steelers, looking over the past drafts will give an idea of who will be available to them.
The NFL Draft is always a fun and crazy time in the offseason, as hopeful prospects earn their shot on pro rosters. Players rise, others fall, and rabid speculation leads some of the most action-packed time not on an NFL field. For the Steelers, the draft represents a time to retool and rebuild the roster. For a team that builds through the draft, this is the most essential time in the offseason.
As more and more mock drafts come out, it becomes increasingly clear that no one knows much about who will go where, as comments become riddled with “he won’t fall that far” and “he’s a reach there”. However, some simple research can yield a lot of info about who falls to where. By taking a composite of the last three drafts, trends arise by the position as to how many players can be expected to be selected.
QB, RB, and pass catchers have all been covered so far, so the only offensive position left to look into is the line. This post will split the line into two groups (OT and IOL) as there are some different trends by position grouping.
OL is one of, if not the biggest need on the team right now. While the Steelers could roll into next year and be ok, their depth is shallow and three of their potential starters on the line have contracts up next year. Restocking this position is a must this year, as the long-term options in this group are beginning to become more questionable.