3 positions Steelers must address in FA following the NFL Draft
By Tommy Jaggi
The Pittsburgh Steelers had a strong draft on paper, but three positions of weakness remain following the 2022 NFL Draft.
The 2022 NFL Draft might be in the books, but that doesn’t mean that there still isn’t work to do on the roster prior to OTAs and training camp. I have to say: I am quite pleased with the impressive haul Kevin Colbert was able to rake in during his final draft as the general manager of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
While I am always an advocate of selecting the best players available (and I don’t fault Colbert one bit for doing so), there were a few needs that didn’t get addressed during the draft. Here are three positions Pittsburgh must add depth to before we start to gear up for the summer:
Steelers must address EDGE depth
I would be nitpicking if I complained about the picks Colbert made from the early-to-mid rounds this year. I thought he did an excellent job snagging players who were considered terrific value at most spots. However, I’m a bit surprised that he didn’t select a true edge defender.
Though the team did take a very solid player in DeMarvin Leal in the third round (one of my favorite picks in the draft), I don’t think he projects as an EDGE at the next level; rather, an interior defender.
I was banging the table for a few quality edge rushers who slid late in the draft like Amare Barno, Jesse Luketa, and Jeffrey Gunter, but to no avail. T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith make for a solid pairing, but Derrek Tuszka is the only viable backup EDGE on the Steelers roster. Pittsburgh needs to add more depth here in free agency prior to training camp.