Steelers get handed grades for their first-round picks of the last decade
2018: Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech
Terrell Edmunds was one of the most shocking first-round picks in the last decade. Heading into the draft, many had him going at some point on day two, likely in the third round. The Steelers saw potential in this player and selected him. He has gotten better every season in the NFL and hasn’t missed many games with injury.
This safety has been a solid starting player for the black and gold over the last two years. He did take some time to catch on, but he is a reliable player now. The potential they saw in him has been somewhat rectified, but that still doesn’t take away that this player was a major reach that could’ve been taken later.
2019: Devin Bush Jr., LB, Michigan
Devin Bush was a player that the Steelers had targeted this entire draft. They even traded up ten spots to go and get this player. He is a speedy linebacker that is the new age kind of player that Pittsburgh was looking for on their defense. Unfortunately, a major knee injury has dampened his somewhat promising career and that could lead to bad things soon.
This player probably has another season before he can set this grade in stone. He has been an okay starter for the team thus far and showed good promise before his injury. Hopefully, he can bounce back and start playing some fast football and anchor the middle of this defense for years to come.