2021 draft: Steelers finally add their QB of the future

Jamie Newman Wake Forest (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
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JD Spielman (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

Round 6:

With the departure of Mike Hilton likely, the Steelers will be looking for some new faces to occupy the slot CB position. While there are some in house options, adding a versatile inside/outside CB in Ambry Thomas would be a sound move. Thomas seems like a better slot CB but can play on the outside if duty calls.

He is a jack of all trades master of none type who can make big plays on occasion but also give up the big play sometimes. He would be a fiend on special teams early before developing into a potential starter somewhere along the CB depth chart. No matter what, he should provide steady depth in the secondary.

The Steelers are lacking depth at slot WR as well, and a player like JD Spielman could be a good depth option in case of injury. He is small, standing at 5’9, 180lbs, but he has good hands and great athleticism that makes him a threat with the ball in his hands. As well, he can return kicks and punts, providing talent at a spot the Steelers have struggled at.


While he likely would never develop into a full-time starter, he could be a key depth player who adds return ability to a team. That has value, and for a team like the Steelers that are lacking depth on the inside, Spielman would serve as a multifaceted depth player.