3 options for Steelers in first 3 rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft

American quarterback Malik Willis of Liberty (7) . Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports
American quarterback Malik Willis of Liberty (7) . Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports /
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Tulsa Golden Hurricane offensive tackle Tyler Smith (56) Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers round 3 options:

Depending on how the draft shakes out, Pittsburgh may not have taken an offensive lineman until round 3. If so there are still some options available that would be huge steps in the right direction.

First Option OL Tyler Smith: 

The combine can shake some things up, however, if the draft started tomorrow and Tyler Smith fell to the Steelers at the 84th pick they would be fools not to draft him. He is the exact kind of athletic and aggressive mauler that the Steelers could use on this offensive line.

He has the build and athleticism to play at LT, where he shined for Tulsa in 2021 if Pittsburgh is uncomfortable with Dan Moore. However, he figures to be more of a guard on either side or RT in the NFL. This would be a home run pick in round 3.

Second Option ILB Brian Asamoah: 

The Steelers run defense isn’t to be ignored in the draft this year. If they fail to grab a linebacker in rounds 1 or 2 in favor of a lineman that’s okay. Asamoah represents their last chance at a difference-maker in this position of the draft. He is a freak athlete that plays with quickness and aggressiveness in the run game.

Asamoah made a lot of plays for Oklahoma this past season in the box and in the backfield.  He would be best used in run situations at first but should develop into an every-down linebacker after a year or two to develop.

Third Option WR Romeo Doubs: 

The Nevada product that Pittsburgh was seen talking to during Senior Bowl weekend would help bring a spark to this offense. With JuJu Smith-Schuster likely on his way out and James Washington probably not returning the Steelers will need at least one more legitimate receiving threat.

Doubs is both a deep threat that can make contested catches and a player who can do damage with the ball in his hands. With Claypool likely moving to the slot, Doubs could be the next home run pick on day two at receiver for the Steelers.

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In short, there are a plethora of options for the Steelers this offseason. With the draft class for linemen being this deep and the free-agent pool producing options for blockers as well I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Steelers only focus one pick on the offensive line in this year’s draft. Depending on where other teams value prospects and their rosters’ needs I’d keep my eyes on these prospects for the Steelers this April.