Which round Steelers should target each offensive position?

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Pat Freiermuth #87 of the Penn State Nittany Lions. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

Tight End

First Round

Last year’s tight end class had few top options, but it was filled with intriguing options in the middle rounds. This year is the opposite, as there are two top options that have the potential to be top-of-the-line starters and only a few intriguing options besides that. One of those top options, Kyle Pitts, has next to no chance to fall to the Steelers, meaning if the team wants to get a potential starter, it will have to be Pat Freiermuth.

While he isn’t a value selection at pick 24, it seems unlikely he makes it to the team in the second round. This means if the Steelers want a shot at a starting tight end in this class, they will have to select Freiermuth in the first. While a tight end isn’t the biggest need, there is no clear option behind Eric Ebron. Add in the fact that Ebron is likely gone after this year and this position is filled with questions both next season and beyond.

While a tight end like Tommy Tremble has some potential, it is hard to envision him ever being much more than a great compliment and not a go-to option in the receiving game. Sure, if the Steelers look elsewhere in the first they can still target a tight end later. That said, that player will likely be a blocker only and shouldn’t be counted on as much of a receiving threat. If the team wants a future starter, it is first round or bust this draft.