4 reasons Steelers should wait to draft a RB until day three

Benny Snell #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
Benny Snell #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images) /
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Build the line first

While the idea of adding a top running back sounds like an easy fix for this offense, the unfortunate reality is that this team’s line needs a massive overhaul before a running game can get reestablished. It doesn’t matter what back is back there if the Steelers line blocks like it did last year. With little push upfront, any running back brought in will experience the struggles that the team’s backs suffered through this season.

With only three picks between days one and two, it would make more sense to get at least one, and possibly two, lineman as opposed to grabbing a running back. Perhaps a new center to take over for Maurkice Pouncey or a developmental tackle to push the two returning starters could be added. Even getting a tight end like Pat Freiermuth that has the size to contribute as a blocker could aid in any running back improving upon the unit’s dismal production from last season.

At the end of the day, all of this goes back to teams need to build up their overall roster, not just adding a running back. In all honesty, the Steelers should be targeting offensive line, tight end, and even defensive back before considering going for a running back. That doesn’t mean the team can afford to just bank on their current backs to produce, but by building a better overall team, the running backs should also have a chance to improve.

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At the end of the day, the Steelers’ need for a running back is valid, but it doesn’t mean they have to invest an early pick in one. With the number of holes that this team will have soon, adding pieces to different areas could go a lot further than by just simply selecting a running back early. More than likely, the team can afford to wait until the fourth round or later and instead use their early picks elsewhere.