Pittsburgh Steelers: 3 dream scenarios in 1st round of draft

Safety Kyle Hamilton #14 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
Safety Kyle Hamilton #14 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /
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Notre Dame Fighting Irish safety Kyle Hamilton (14). Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers dream scenario #3

Hamilton falls into their lap

This is easily the best-case scenario for this upcoming draft class. While I would say I’m confident this team wants the first-round pick to be a quarterback if Kyle Hamilton actually fell to pick 20 that would be an absolute coup. For most of the draft season, Hamilton was seen as a lock to be a top-five pick. His straight-line speed tested out as disappointing though, and with the devaluation of safeties in today’s game, Hamilton could be in a for a fall.

Hamilton is everything you want in a modern strong safety. He has rare size and great lateral agility that makes him a sideline-to-sideline defender. He is aggressive when making plays on the football and has the versatility to play in the box or deep as a traditional free safety. Hamilton paired with Minkah Fitzpatrick would be an elite duo and one that would make this defense prosper.

Will Hamilton fall all the way to pick 20? It still seems unlikely, but this time a month ago people said the same thing about him falling out of the top ten. If he makes it into the mid-teens, I think a trade-up could even be warranted to add him to this defense. Hamilton has the makings of an elite safety, and if the Steelers can find a way to add him to their roster, they should jump at the opportunity.

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The Steelers board is likely set right now, and they are ready to add the next wave of stars to their roster. While they seem pretty set with where they will go in the first round, these three dream scenarios would be best-case ways for the first round to shake out. If either of the three were to play out, the Steelers would be the benefactors of it.