Steelers: Stealing one player from every division in the NFL

Aaron Donald Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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NFC East: Saquon Barkley, RB

Even with the devaluation of the RB position in the NFL, adding a quality talent like Saquon Barkley into the backfield will provide the Steelers with yet another weapon. A freak of nature at over 230 lbs, Barkley has game-breaking speed and elusiveness to go along with his natural power from his frame. On top of this, he has soft hands, making him a natural pass-catcher out of the backfield.

While Barkley did suffer a statistical regression last season, that was mainly due to injury and the offense transitioning to Daniel Jones as the QB. Coming to the Steelers, Barkley would be put behind one of the better blocking units as well as be put into a system that has other weapons besides him. As well, James Conner would be around to spell him, meaning he will have to take on less of the blunt work and be better able to preserve himself. Putting Barkley into the Steelers system gives them another threat on offense.

AFC East: Tre’Davious White, CB

Tre’Davious White has been one of the best CBs since entering the league in 2017. He has proven year in and year out to be a quality coverage option, but last year he flashed his ballhawk skills to the tune of six interceptions. Given his age (25 years old), he is just set to enter his prime and could be one of the best CBs in the NFL for years to come.

Now, the CB group is pretty full with Steven Nelson and Joe Haden returning to be the starters. That said, Haden is getting older, and is likely entering his final few years as a starter. White would give the Steelers the perfect transition piece, as he could step in and allow the secondary to not miss a beat. In the meantime, Nelson could see work out of the slot, giving the Steelers three quality and versatile starters at the position.