3 of the Steelers best value picks in the 2021 NFL Draft

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

The Steelers did find some good value in their 2021 NFL draft class, as these three players were picked well below where they should have gone.

The Steelers draft was a mixed bag of seemingly great value picks and ones that were questionable, to say the least. Three picks really stand out as supreme values though, and as a result, they helped raise the overall grade of the Steelers draft. Here are the three draft picks that helped raise the team’s overall draft grade due to their immense value.

Pat Freiermuth

Kyle Pitts was the unquestioned top tight end in this draft class, as his rare receiving ability would make him a weapon on any team. However, the best complete tight end may have been Pat Freiermuth, as the former Penn St. tight end lacks the athletic upside of a Pitts, but can contribute as a blocker. His last season wasn’t overly impressive, but much of that was due to canceled games and a nagging injury.

Now, it wasn’t like Freiermuth was a top-15 pick but based on his tape it was surprising he didn’t go towards the end of the first round or the beginning of the next. The Steelers getting him at pick 55 was immense value, as Freiermuth has starting tight end written all over him. No, he isn’t an incredible athlete capable of stretching the field, but he can be a physical presence and win with his size. His blocking technique isn’t perfect, but he has the frame and willingness to be a decent blocker. He will serve as the number two option this year, but don’t be surprised him to ascend into a capable starter long term that can win as a receiver while also throwing a block.