Initial draft grades for every Steelers 2021 draft selection

Alabama Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris (22). Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Alabama Crimson Tide running back Najee Harris (22). Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
7 of 7
Pressley Harvin III #27 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images) /

Round 7: Tre Norwood, DB, Oklahoma

Grade: B-

Getting into the seventh round, its hard to grade any one player too harshly. While Tre Norwood seems like a fine enough late-round flyer, the issue becomes the fact that the Steelers ignored the secondary until the seventh round. Even if Norwood finds a way to make the roster, he will likely not contribute much outside of playing on special teams.

He tested pretty poorly as an athlete as well, furthering the concerns that he was the only defensive back selected. The best trait he seems to have is his ability to pick the ball off, as he consistently displayed decent ball skills. Again, as a seventh-round pick there isn’t anything inherently wrong with Norwood. It just would have been better had this team taken a defensive back earlier.

Pressley Harvin III, P, Georgia Tech

Grade: B+

Say what you want about taking a punter, this was one of the final picks in the draft and Pressley Harvin III is unique to say the least. He is a larger-than-average punter weighing in at 260 plus pounds. Meanwhile, he was one of the best punters at the collegiate level last year. For a team that hasn’t had much stability at punter, taking a shot on one late can’t hurt.

At least this pick is interesting for a specialist, as his unique body size and style make him a lot of fun to watch. He will battle Jordan Berry for the starting role during camp. Given his draft status, one would have to think that Harvin has the edge. Regardless, it was a nice change of pace to see the team try to get an upgrade at punter.

Must Read. 3 takeaways from Steelers picks on day two of the NFL Draft. light

The Steelers had a few hits and a few misses in the draft, but overall, this seems like a solid class. Outside of the random trade-up for Loudermilk, this team seems to have made logical picks. What do you think of this class? Let me know in the comments below.