Steelers could opt for a safety early if Edmunds doesn’t come back
This is a scenario that could have potentially played out the last offseason if the Steelers didn’t re-sign Terrell Edmunds just before the 2022 NFL Draft. Personally, I think Edmunds is having the best season of his career this year, and it’s possible that he goes where the money takes him during the 2023 offseason.
I think the best-case scenario here is re-signing Edmunds to another extension. This would save them from being forced to spend a high pick on a safety next April. If they aren’t able to or decide not to, I don’t want Pittsburgh spending their first-round pick on a safety.
This is a position they clearly value highly. After Polamalu’s Hall of Fame career, The Steelers selected a safety in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft before trading for another first-round safety one year later in Minkah Fitzpatrick.
The safety position simply isn’t one in which you should spend an elite draft pick unless there is a blue-chip player like Minkah available. However, with so many pressing needs on this roster at money positions, the Steelers would be wise to avoid overvaluing this position in the 2023 NFL Draft.