2nd-3rd Round Grades:
|52||Julian Okwara||Notre Dame||EDGE||6’4″||252||SR|
|55||K.J. Hamler||Penn State||WRS||5’9″||178||JR|
|56||Curtis Weaver||Boise State||EDGE||6’2″||265||RJR|
|58||Jeremy Chinn||S. Illinois||S||6’3″||221||SR|
|59||Cole Kmet||Notre Dame||TE||6’6″||262||JR|
|60||Chase Claypool||Notre Dame||WR||6’4″||238||SR|
|63||Malik Harrison||Ohio State||ILB||6’3″||247||SR|
|64||Jordyn Brooks||Texas Tech||ILB||6’0″||240||SR|
|68||Cam Akers||Florida State||RB||5’10”||217||JR|
|69||Jordan Love||Utah State||QB||6’4″||224||JR|
|70||Willie Gay Jr.||Mississippi State||OLB||6’2″||243||JR|
|73||Amik Robertson||Louisiana Tech||CB||5’9″||183||JR|
Though the value starts to dip a bit here, the Steelers 49th overall pick may come from my 2nd-3rd round grades. These draft grades are reserved for players who should become NFL starters. However, they either don’t have as much upside as my 2nd-round players or maybe more of a risk.
Tee Higgins, for example, is a player the Steelers could be interested in. Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin were on hand at Clemon’s Pro Day before the travel bans. However, his concerningly poor testing at his Pro Day makes him less of a ‘sure thing’ at the next level.
Some other players they could be interested in drafting with the 49th overall pick include EDGE Julian Okwara, DT Marlon Davidson, DT Ross Blacklock, WR K.J. Hamler, WR Chase Claypool, EDGE Terrell Lewis, and RB Cam Akers.
Hamler and Akers could be of particular interest to them, as Hamler is an extremely young receiver with incredible speed, and Akers checks practically every box they look for in a feature running back.