Early 53-man roster predictions for Pittsburgh Steelers after the NFL Draft

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Steelers roster prediction: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Damontae Kazee, Keanu Neal, Tre Norwood, Miles Killebrew

Early in the pre-draft process, many fans thought that the Steelers could target a safety as early as the first round (Alabama's Brian Branch was a player routinely linked to the team). Instead, Pittsburgh didn't draft a safety at all in 2023. The need might not be as pressing as you think.

Clearly, Minkah Fitzpatrick isn't going anywhere. He will look to add another All-Pro season to his resume in 2023. Behind him, the combination of Damontae Kazee and Keanu Neal should be able to combine to fill a role. Kazee is the better coverage player, while Neal can replicate some of the things that Terrell Edmunds did last year.

After these three, the Steelers have room for maybe two more safeties. Over the past two years, Tre Norwood has been somewhat of a hybrid player who can cover the slot in dime packages. I think the former seventh-rounder makes the team once again.

I also have Miles Killebrew making Pittsburgh's roster as a core special teams player. Killebrew has experience at both strong safety and linebacker and can wear multiple hats in a pinch (though he wouldn't often see the field on defense).