Steelers still have 4 glaring areas of weakness ahead of the NFL Draft

JuJu Smith-Schuster #19 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety Terrell Edmunds (34). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers must improve safety

One would have to assume that we would be hearing about a safety signing any day now from the Steelers. I highly doubt they are going to want to enter the NFL Draft with Minkah Fitzpatrick as the only viable option at the position and nobody they can trust to plug in alongside him.

Terrell Edmunds seems like a safe bet to return as the safety market in free agency has dried up a bit. However, it’s possible that he takes a one-year prove-it deal elsewhere. Likewise, Tyrann Mathieu is a player that most fans seem to be lobbying for, but the Steelers would likely have to restructure a few contracts in order to get this done.

This isn’t an elite class when it comes to the safety position, but there are some names worth considering early in the draft. Michigan’s Daxton Hill is a versatile safety who can play all around the secondary and cover the slot, while Georgia’s Lewis Cine is a big, physical, athletic thumper. There are also whispers that Notre Dame’s Kyle Hamilton could slip in the draft.

Regardless, I don’t want the Steelers to be forced into drafting a safety early simply because they failed to fill a need in free agency. They need to find a quality option with starting experience to give themselves more flexibility in the NFL Draft.