Draft prospects Steelers can’t pass if they fall to pick 24
By Andrew Falce
The Steelers no longer have a pressing need at inside linebacker, as the combination of Robert Spillane and Vince Williams should man down the other linebacker spot next to Devin Bush. The team learned just how important depth at this position is though last season, and when you add the deficiencies in the games of the pending starters, it isn’t impossible that they are replaced. The value would have to be right though.
Enter Micah Parsons. The soon to be former Nittany Lion has a rare combination of size and athleticism that make him an instant threat on the field. Having two supreme athletes at the linebacker position would make this defense even more ferocious, and it should lead to an improved unit in 2021. No, linebacker isn’t the biggest need, but Parsons would be an instant starter and provide this defense with two elite athletes at the linebacker position.
The reason Parsons has seen his stock drop in recent weeks has to do with his off the field. Reports say he got into a few ugly off the field fights, making teams nervous of how he will handle the pressure of being an NFL starter. That said, the Steelers have a notoriously strong locker room. If Parsons tried anything, he would be sat down by the likes of Cameron Heyward and Williams. The concerns are still valid, but with a strong locker room behind him, Parsons could be a stud with this team.