3 players Steelers could have drafted instead of WR Chase Claypool

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Cam Akers
TALLAHASSEE, FL – SEPTEMBER 7: Runningback Cam Akers #3 of the Florida State Seminoles runs in for a touchdown during the game against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks at Doak Campbell Stadium on Bobby Bowden Field on September 7, 2019 in Tallahassee, Florida. Florida State defeated Louisiana Monroe 45 to 44 in overtime. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /

RB Cam Akers

An elusive, do-it-all back than can produce on every down, RB Cam Akers was worth the early call to pin this RB group together for now, and the foreseeable future. It’s more than likely that this could be the last year for RB James Connor in Pittsburgh & while Benny Snell proved himself to be a contributing piece, the Steelers still will need that other guy to complete that 1-2 punch.

Undoubtedly, the running back market is at its highest come-and-go pace. From free agency to the draft, there is a load of options, but for what Akers was able to do at Florida State makes him a standout.

1000+ yard rusher in two of his three seasons as a Seminole, while also averaging 5.0+ yards per carry and eclipsing 10+ rushing touchdowns as a junior. In college, this doesn’t generate too much hype, but when watching Florida State’s offensive line, kudos to Akers.

Now whether the issues of “dancing” behind the LOS at times lies in the trust of his OL or something that he will need to improve on, many problems don’t exist outside of this for Akers. Ten fumbles in his three years at FSU could be a cause of concern, but decent hands out the backfield as well (69 career receptions) furthers his argument. He would serve as that change-of-pace back the Steelers backfield desperately needs and will need no justification for being the 49th pick.