6 low-key options for Steelers that are flying under the radar in the draft
David Ojabo, Edge, Michigan
David Ojabo was on the rise for most draft boards, but that was all put to a halt recently. He tore his Achilles during his pro day at Michigan with the Steelers higher-ups in attendance. He is still one of the best prospects in this draft and a top edge rusher.
If he didn’t suffer that injury during a drill, he would’ve been a top 20 pick in this draft. The injury is on track to be recovered from in about six months or so, depending on the healing and rehab process. That means that he could be on schedule to jump into football activities around August or September.
That would put him behind the eight ball in terms of getting on the field knowledge during the pre-season. That could be a negative, but this player has the smarts to learn a defense and can challenge Alex Highsmith for a starting spot. Edge rusher isn’t an immediate need for the Steelers because they already have their starters in the fold, but they need depth and options.
This Michigan product would provide for a disruptive trio on the edge for Pittsburgh. It would be adding to a bounty of wealth for this franchise, but if Ojabo is there in the first round or somehow falls to their second-round pick, he could get a serious look. Right now, many don’t think this injury will completely take him out of first-round conversations, but it will put his name into question.