6 blockbuster trades Steelers must pursue to keep up in the AFC

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Los Angeles Rams safety Taylor Rapp (24) Los Angeles Rams Vs Arizona Cardinals 2019. /

Taylor Rapp

Looking at the defense now, the Steelers have lost quite a bit of talent at just about every level this offseason. Specifically, in the secondary, both the starting slot and outside cornerback are gone, and the team will have to fill those voids. While Cameron Sutton will be a part of the answer, the team needs more. Adding a versatile secondary member in Taylor Rapp could help fix the growing concerns in the secondary.

Rapp was a former second round pick who was praised for his versatility. He has the physicality to play in the box while also being good enough in coverage to play in the slot. For a team that just lost the physical presence of Mike Hilton, replacing him with Rapp could ease the transition. Sutton, meanwhile, would play on the outside. On top of this, Rapp could take over as the strong safety if Terrell Edmunds were to go down with an injury or were to not be retained past his rookie deal.

Considering the Rams seem rather high on Terrell Burgess from last years draft class, they could flip Rapp, who saw his role already diminish last year. The Rams don’t seem high on him, so the cost shouldn’t be that great. The going rate for an average starting safety (such as Duron Harmon, Quandre Diggs, and Ronnie Harrison as of late) is a fifth-round pick, the Steelers could land Rapp for a sixth likely. In turn, he would deepen the safety depth as well as providing a body to work in the slot. For a defense that has lost so much, landing a cheap starter would be a huge boost.