The 25 most likely Steelers defensive targets in 2022 draft
By Andrew Falce
Steelers defensive prospect #1
A name that needs little introduction, Jordan Davis has been on the minds of many fans ever since he dominated the combine. While his tape already made him a likely first-round pick, he tested like an absolute freak of nature. A man his size moving the way he does with the tape he has from a top school is a recipe for a good NFL player.
The calling card for Davis is his ability to stop the run. He uses his size, strength, and athleticism to plug holes and fill gaps. Even when he doesn’t get to the runner to make the stop, his presence usually allows someone else to make the play. As a pass rusher, he struggles to make an impact outside of using his power to collapse the pocket. He will need to become a far more efficient pass rusher if he ever wants to be a top name in football.
The interest between Davis and the Steelers seems legitimate. Beyond just the Georgia connection, the team met with him at the Combine and had a pro-day dinner with him. While Tomlin said he doesn’t expect Davis to be available, given his limitations as a pass rusher, there is a chance he falls. One has to imagine the Steelers would be running to select him if given the opportunity.
The Steelers are a team of habit and based on their previous drafts, some trends can be recognized. In particular, the eight categories outlined in this study are strong indicators of who the team tries to draft. Keep these 25 names in mind as the draft rolls around.