The Steelers don’t have an inherent need at WR after the draft, but if they could add a talent like Dante Pettis for next to nothing they should strike. Pettis is a great option in the slot and has a lot of return capability as well. He is still on his rookie contract, meaning he will be cheap for the next two years in Pittsburgh.
After adding Claypool, the Steelers are set with their outside WRs, but there are still some questions out of the slot. While JuJu Smith-Schuster usually plays in the slot, there isn’t anyone behind him that could capably fill in. The current backup would be Ryan Switzer, an option that has long drawn the ire of Steelers nation. Pettis would fill in both there and would be a viable option as a returner.
He would have to be traded for, which is his biggest downside. He had a down year last year and the team has brought in plenty of options to take his roster spot though, so I’m guessing it wouldn’t be a huge cost. My guess at a trade would look like the Steelers 2020 4th for Pettis and the 49ers 5th.
While adding Pettis isn’t vital, it would give the Steelers a deep stable of options at WR. As well, he could be slotted in as the return man, giving an upgrade to a position the Steelers have been lackluster in. Assuming the 49ers would take a lower end deal like the one outlined above, it would make adding Pettis a low risk, high reward deal for the Steelers.
With the Super Bowl window closing, the Steelers need to do everything they can to field the best team to maximize this time. By adding any of the players listed, it helps fill out the depth chart as well as adding players with starter upside. The Steelers resources are limited, but it shouldn’t stop them from adding the players they need to in order to win.