5 players Steelers must select in the third day of the draft

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Miami-oh defensive lineman Dominique Robinson (DL40) Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers best fit #4

While adding an edge isn’t an inherent need, there are some intriguing developmental options that the team could take a risk on once day three kicks off. The starters are obviously set, and Genard Avery can handle some snaps as a backup, but this team is lacking a long-term consistent edge reserve that can take some pressure off the starters and help get after the quarterback.

Dominique Robinson is a name I highlighted late in this process, but he certainly makes sense for this team. A former quarterback turned receiver and now an edge rusher at Miami of Ohio, Robinson is an immensely talented prospect that is learning how to properly use his athleticism to get after the quarterback. His tape is limited, but it also shows the flashed he has to be a quality edge rusher at the next level.

To be clear, Robinson is about as raw as they come. Sure, he can effectively use his speed to make plays, but he needs to bend more and develop his pass-rushing moves if he ever wants to be more than a backup. He can serve as the fourth or fifth edge rusher in year one and play some special teams. Long-term, he could be a solid depth player on this defense.