Best Players Remaining for Pittsburgh Steelers after NFL Draft Day 1
Brian Branch would solve a lot of problems for Steelers
Another position of need that has gotten lessened in media coverage is the need for a slot coverage guy and a safety option for the long term. Keanu Neal put the safety spot on the back burner, but he was only signed to a two-year contract. His play has been spotty at times and Arthur Maulet cannot cover in the slot for this defense.
Brian Branch will be heavily in the conversation at pick 32 if the Steelers decide to hold onto that spot. With WIll Levis is still on the board, and it is likely that they could get a nice haul of picks back in a trade down from 32. If they do hold onto that selection and Branch is the choice, he would be an immediate upgrade at slot corner and could also take over safety duties too.
Even though pick 32 will come down to three things -- a trade back or a choice between Porter Jr. and Branch -- there are some other dark horse options out there. Darnell Washington got a pre-draft visit with the Steelers and is a great talent coming out of Georgia.
Branch would be the sneaky value pick for this group. Darius Rush and D.J. Turner would be some other interesting corner options either with the second pick in the second round or even a potential third-round choice.