Re-drafting the Pittsburgh Steelers 2018 draft class

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The Steelers made some colossal mistakes in the 2018 NFL Draft. Here’s why Pittsburgh would do things much differently in a re-draft.

After shaky draft classes in both 2015 and 2016, the Pittsburgh Steelers owned all other NFL teams in the 2017 NFL Draft. Kevin Colbert drafted three players who would become Pro Bowlers within their first two seasons in the league. One of them was even a first-team All-Pro player and Defensive Player of the Year candidate last season.

T.J. Watt, JuJu-Smith-Schuster, and James Conner headlined a stellar draft class that also included Cameron Sutton and Joshua Dobbs, and Pittsburgh’s 2017 draft is widely regarded as one of the best in the league.

Unfortunately, that trend did not continue in the following year. Though there were several talented players the Steelers could have selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the national media was stunned when they elected to go with Virginia Tech safety Terrell Edmunds.

While his younger brother, Tremaine, was expected to be a mid-first round pick, Terrell was projected by many draft analysts to go somewhere on day two. But that wasn’t the case.

Later in the draft, the Steelers would go on to draft some players who haven’t yet contributed to the team or even worse: Their contributions proved to be detrimental.

Though not all was bad with Pittsburgh’s 2018 draft class, there are many things they would likely change if they could do things over again. Here’s how I would re-draft the Steelers 2018 draft class if given the chance: