4 positional players the Steelers can upgrade in the draft

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Calvin Austin III
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Steelers can’t count on Arthur Maulet

I am likely in the minority, but I enjoy watching Arthur Maulet play football when in the right circumstances. He is pretty horrible in coverage, but he can hold his own as a slot defender on run-downs. He hits hard and has a nose for the football. That said, he is the only real slot cornerback candidate right now, and that is something that needs to change.

Trotting Maulet out on passing downs will be a mistake, so finding a capable defender that can, at least, play in the slot in coverage is a must. This will allow the Steelers defense to still utilize its subpackage plays and not have an easy target to pick on in Maulet on the field. He can remain the slot cornerback for run-downs, but he can’t be the only player there on the roster.

It seems like the draft is the best option, as this team has been looking into defensive backs, and quite a few of them have slot capabilities. It may cost the Steelers one of their top picks, but landing a coverage-capable slot defender is a must for this defense. Maulet can’t be counted on to serve as the only slot defender for the team in 2023.

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While the Steelers have made some big changes in free agency, the roster as a whole is still lacking. There are some upgrades that this team needs to make if they want to be competitive again next season. It starts with upgrading these positions.