100 NFL Draft prospects clearly on the Steelers 2024 big board

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With the NFL Draft less than a month away, I have crafted my official big board for the Steelers. This is something I have wanted to do for a few years with the hopes of having every pick of the team be a player I have highlighted on my board.

My process was simple. I took a list of about 500 draft prospects and ranked them according to where the common estimate was for where they would go in the draft. From there, I began to do the usual blues clues of connecting the dots between Pittsburgh and them. Who was at their Pro Day? Were there any meetings at the combine or bowl games? Did the Steelers bring them in for a formal visit?

I widdled the list in half based on those details. The last value I considered was size and length for offensive and defensive linemen. This helped eliminate some non-fits in the Steelers scheme. It has left me with a list of 100 names that I think the Steelers will consider in this draft cycle, and I have broken down that list below for you.

Please know that there may be some minor shifts in this list as more details become apparent. Specifically, there could still be a few formal visits that come in, and if a player not on this list is brought in, they will be added to this list. I hope to widdle this list down to 75 by the time the draft rolls around as well. Without any further ado, here is my list of 100 draft prospects that make sense for the Steelers.

*Please note that draft picks are in no particular order of how I would rank them

Steelers Day 1 draft targets

  • Taliese Fuaga OT Oregon State
  • Terrion Arnold CB Alabama
  • JC Latham OT Alabama
  • Nate Wiggins CB Clemson
  • Amarius Mims OT Georgia
  • Troy Fautanu OG Washington
  • Kool-Aid McKinstry CB Alabama
  • Jackson Powers-Johnson OC Oregon
  • Adonai Mitchell WR Texas
  • Graham Barton OT Duke

The first round is a tricky one this year. Previously, the Steelers have had to have a head coach or GM at a pro day to draft that player, but Omar Khan and Mike Tomlin only visited four colleges this year. Of those four, Michigan doesn’t have a realistic first-round prospect for this team (J.J. McCarthy is the only lock for the top round) and Clemson only has Nate Wiggins.

This means the team is only seriously considering Wiggins, Terrion Arnold, JC Latham, Amarius Mims, and Kool-Aid McKinstry in round one, a small list. I decided to make an amendment and add first-round prospects who had either their respective coordinator or positional coach attend their pro day. This opened the door for the rest of the names to make the list.

It seems likely that this team will go tackle in round one, despite the needs at center and receiver. I’m personally fine with that, but I found it hard to not attach the two top centers to this list as well. While I don’t personally view Jackson Powers-Johnson as a first-round pick, his general rankings caused him to be elevated there.

I would say the front-runner is Mims and Latham right now, and we can’t rule out a cornerback being the top pick (although I would personally be against that. It will certainly be an interesting pick considering the lack of travel by the top brass this year. One has to wonder if some previous trends will be bucked.

Steelers Day 2 draft targets

  • Darius Robinson EDGE Missouri
  • Troy Franklin WR Oregon
  • Ladd McConkey WR Georgia
  • Kamari Lassiter CB Georgia
  • Xavier Worthy WR Texas
  • Kris Jenkins DT Michigan
  • Xavier Legette WR South Carolina
  • Kingsley Suamataia OT BYU
  • Braden Fiske DT Florida State
  • Roman Wilson WR Michigan
  • Patrick Paul OT Houston
  • Zach Frazier OC West Virginia
  • Jeremiah Trotter Jr. LB Clemson
  • Michael Hall Jr. DT Ohio State
  • Devontez Walker WR North Carolina
  • Malachi Corley WR W. Kentucky
  • Junior Colson LB Michigan
  • Ruke Orhorhoro DT Clemson
  • Jermaine Burton WR Alabama
  • Sedrick Van Pran OC Georgia
  • Ricky Pearsall WR Florida
  • Mike Sainristil CB Michigan
  • Blake Fisher OT Notre Dame
  • Kiran Amegadjie OT Yale
  • Cedric Gray LB North Carolina
  • Maason Smith DT LSU
  • Brenden Rice WR USC
  • Matt Goncalves OT Pittsburgh
  • Javon Foster OT Missouri
  • Jalen McMillan WR Washington
  • James Williams S Miami (Fla.)
  • Justin Eboigbe DT Alabama
  • Cam Hart CB Notre Dame
  • Andru Phillips CB Kentucky
  • Beaux Limmer OC Arkansas
  • Tommy Eichenberg LB Ohio State

Unsurprisingly a longer list here and one where I got a bit more creative with where I added names. Specifically, Cam Hart and Kiran Amegadjie have been shown little to no interest, but both fit what the team likes in tackles and cornerbacks. I’m keeping them for now.

You also see quite a few linebackers on this list. Despite the big addition of Patrick Queen in free agency, Aaron Curry has been a regular on the pro day circuit. I expect a draft pick at the position, although my guess it is day three. That said, I didn’t want to exclude Tommy Eichenberg, Junior Colson, Jeremiah Trotter, or Cedric Gray.

A name I have circled if the Steelers miss out on the first wave of centers is Beaux Limmer, as the team has talked with him a few times. The size isn’t great but he is experienced. Could be their “break glass in case of emergency option” if things don’t go as planned. A lot of developmental tackles as well in this range if they don’t go tackle in round one.

Two receivers not getting enough buzz for the Steelers are Roman Wilson and Devontez Walker. Wilson had the top brass at his pro day while Walker had Arthur Smith. Wouldn’t be surprised if either ends up being the receiver picked on day two for this team.

Steelers Day 3 draft targets

  • Renardo Green CB Florida State
  • Jaylan Ford LB Texas
  • Brandon Coleman OT TCU
  • Drake Nugent OC Michigan
  • Roger Rosengarten OT Washington
  • Gabe Hall DT Baylor
  • Dillon Johnson RB Washington
  • Sione Vaki S Utah
  • Nathaniel Watson LB Miss. State
  • AJ Barner TE Michigan
  • Tanor Bortolini OC Wisconsin
  • Braiden McGregor LB Michigan
  • Myles Cole LB Texas Tech
  • Keith Randolph Jr. DT Illinois
  • Trevin Wallace LB Kentucky
  • Hunter Nourzad OC Penn State
  • Caedan Wallace OT Penn State
  • Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint WR Georgia
  • Jaylen Harrell LB Michigan
  • Tip Reiman TE Illinois
  • Josh Proctor S Ohio State
  • Erick All TE Iowa
  • JD Bertrand LB Notre Dame
  • M.J. Devonshire CB Pittsburgh
  • Daijahn Anthony S Ole Miss
  • Jalyx Hunt LB Houston Christian
  • Isaiah Williams WR Illinois
  • Eric Watts DE UConn
  • Fabien Lovett Sr. DT Florida State
  • Steele Chambers LB Ohio State
  • Tahj Washington WR USC
  • Cornelius Johnson WR Michigan
  • Andrew Coker OT TCU
  • Kingsley Eguakun OC Florida
  • Logan Lee DT Iowa
  • Matt Lee OC Miami (Fla.)
  • Jordan Whittington WR Texas
  • Kedon Slovis QB BYU
  • Jalen Coker WR Holy Cross
  • Khristian Boyd DT Northern Iowa
  • Zakhari Franklin WR Ole Miss
  • Jabari Small RB Tennessee
  • Jacob Monk OC Duke
  • Darius Muasau LB UCLA
  • Jaylon Carlies S Missouri
  • Isaac Rex TE BYU
  • Austin Reed QB W. Kentucky
  • Jackson Sirmon LB California
  • Anim Dankwah OT Howard
  • Zion Logue DT Georgia
  • Travis Glover OT Georgia State
  • George Holani RB Boise St.
  • Nick Samac OC Michigan St.
  • Jaden Davis CB Miami

I am not going to break down this list in-depth, as it is a harder one to figure out. Day three is always a guessing game, as the team tends to not show as much interest in players but still takes them. This was the case last year with both of the seventh-round picks.

I’d love to know what you are thinking with this list as we head into the peak of draft season. Again, there is some fluidity to this, as a few names could be added or dropped before the draft kicks off. That said, I’m confident that the majority of the team’s draft picks will come off this list.


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