6 Senior Bowl participants the Steelers must draft in 2022
By Andrew Falce
Steelers should consider Muma
One of the bigger needs on this Steelers roster is at the off-ball linebacker position. What was perceived as a strength heading into the season quickly fell apart as Joe Schobert and Devin Bush both struggled to consistently play well. The team needs to get better there if they want to improve their run defense and drafting Chad Muma would be a start.
Muma was productive in his four seasons with Wyoming. Early on he used his blend of size and speed to become a fierce run defender. While not his strong suit, Muma has made some strides in coverage now as well. He is more than capable enough to take on running backs out of the backfield and keep up with them on passing downs. He has the potential to be the complete package.
Being billed from Wyoming will keep his stock down a bit, but his strong showing at the Senior Bowl likely locks him into day two of the draft assuming he doesn’t fail at the combine. If the Steelers were to draft him, he could work his way onto the field early as a run defender in hopes of his pass coverage skills getting up to speed. Long-term, Muma should be a three-down starter. Given the team’s need at linebacker, Muma has to be considered in the draft.