Running backs Steelers must consider taking in the 2021 NFL Draft

Javonte Williams #25 of the North Carolina Tar Heels. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Javonte Williams #25 of the North Carolina Tar Heels. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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National running back Michael Carter of North Carolina (7). Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports /

Round 3:

Michael Carter, North Carolina 

One of my favorite third-round picks the Steelers could make this year is taking the other North Carolina running back, Michael Carter. On the right team and scheme, Carter could be even better than Javonte Williams; however, their differing skill sets are going to offer something different to each team.

The Steelers may not have much interest in Carter, has he possesses a similar frame and traits to Anthony McFarland. Still, he’s extremely underrated at running between the tackles and he can chew up yards in a hurry. I would like Carter in the third more than any of the three running backs I mentioned above with a higher pick.

Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis

Outside of maybe Alabama, is there a college football team right now that has a better track record when it comes to the running back position than Memphis? Over the past three years alone, Memphis has produced dynamic players like Tony Pollard, Darrell Henderson, and Antonio Gibson. Kenneth Gainwell could be next in line on the long list of success.

Gainwell is an explosive athlete who excels at getting outside the tackles and making plays in the passing game. Though he comes in just under 200 pounds, he’s a dynamic player who would fit very well in what Pittsburgh will be looking to do under Canada’s new offense.