Running back does not seem like a need for the Steelers heading into the 2023 season, but that could change quickly. Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren proved to be a fantastic duo last year and should carry that over. Strange things happen in the NFL all the time and it is possible that Harris and potentially Warren do not have a season like last year.
Even if both have a down year, it would seem like the club would still stick with the two, but Warren's job could come under heat. That is when the draft could open some potential options that Pittsburgh could show interest in. Another first round pick used on a running back seems unlikely, but there are some quality guys going to be available in the 2024 NFL draft.
Steelers should keep a close eye on these honorable mentions
Donovan Edwards, RB, Michigan
Donovan Edwards is one of two dynamic running backs at Michigan. Many top programs in college are going with a two-headed monster approach. Edwards is a bigger back that had a tremendous conclusion last year after his teammate, Blake Corrum got injured. Edwards might be better off to return to school following this season, but he could be gunning for the NFL.
Trey Benson, RB, Florida State
Look out for Trey Benson and Florida State this year as they have plenty of talent returning. Benson is a running back that is extremely difficult to bring down. He could elevate his draft stock to a Bijan Robinson level if he is able to put up astronomical numbers. Benson has all the tools, now he just needs to produce with them.
Will Shipley, RB, Clemson
Getting in the open grass is where Will Shipley does his best work as a back at Clemson. He does not have a lot of traits that you would normally see in a top-tier NFL prospect for this position. Shipley is a shifty guy that uses his quality vision and escapability to his advantage. Clemson has not been a powerhouse in recent years, but that is not because of this back as he remains successful.