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 a position as to how many players can be expected to be selected.
QB, RB, pass catchers, OL, and DL are through, and now it’s time to look at the LB’s. This post will split the position into EDGE players and MLBs (the off-ball guys). Both of these positions are shallow beyond the starters, and either position is a realistic option at 49. They wouldn’t be forced to stay on the bench either, as the investment at 49 would likely lead to the rookie being the top backup at the position.