Soon to be on the clock, the Pittsburgh Steelers are in play for a possible move back in the second round of the NFL Draft.
Unexpectedly, the first-ever virtual live NFL Draft was a great success on day one, and chaos never ensued from teams, at least yet. As QB Aaron Rodgers’ pre-draft bellowed confidence was met with humility last night, the names called were expected for the most part, which is excellent news for the Steelers.
Flirting with the idea, trading down may ring the Steelers’ phone-lines before they do to NFL GM Roger Goodell. Not one safety was chosen, offensive tackles such as Ezra Cleveland & Josh Jones still hold great value, and the first-round cornerback selections dropped the controversial likes of Trevon Diggs, Kristian Fulton, and Jaylon Johnson into today.
Thankfully, the Steelers came into the draft with the essential areas solidified. The need for a QB, OT, pass rusher, and CB may only exist on this team for depth purposes; however, the skill positions for an early RB or WR screamed louder from fans.
Only one RB found his way into the first-round (congratulations analytic Twitter), and the WRs that were picked were never making it to 49. The run for both should begin very soon, but then that’s still calculating the whole situation without the remaining EDGE, DTs, & LBs that represented just 8 of the 32 selections so far.
Teams are going to want their guy today, as it’s the meat of the draft, and knowing it’s less expensive to deal picks more trades are bound to happen. Helping in that is the tremendous remaining amount of high-end day two players that could’ve very well got drafted last night, urging these teams even more so.
The Steelers have their clear-cut holes on the team that could use the best player available, but would it be a significant expense to move down a few spots knowing who’s left? As said before, the starters are set in place for a majority of the roster, but a great deal of depth could also be added considering the lack of cap space that has handicapped them from quality free agents.
We all have our future dream scenarios of this guy or that guy, but Pittsburgh is in a great position to have a group of names available that could be assets for years. The list should surely diminish it quickly, but a glance at a big board and the possibilities are endless for what GM Kevin Colbert and company can do.