While the Steelers figure to go heavy on the offense in this draft, there are quite a few intriguing defensive players in various rounds that should be targeted.
While the defense isn’t the highest priority in this draft class, the Steelers still have quite a few needs on that side of the field. Free agency took a lot of the depth and the team also cut some of their veteran starters. This draft has some unusually deep defensive positions, meaning the team can find some excellent value to retool their roster. Here is each round that the Steelers should target each defensive position.
Easily the most filled out spot on the depth chart, the entire defensive line is likely set for 2021 as the team retained the two free agents it had at the position. With intriguing depth pieces in Carlos Davis and Isaiah Buggs set to return as well, there is little space for a draft pick to make the roster, let alone have an impact.
Instead, the Steelers should bring in two to three undrafted guys to fill out their camp roster. Without a pressing need here, adding some raw undrafted options that can sit for a few years on the practice squad makes the most sense. Unless a real value pick falls like a Christian Barmore, the team is set at both defensive end and nose tackle for this upcoming season.