NFL analyst describes the perfect one-two punch for Steelers in the NFL Draft

One prominent NFL analyst lays out the best-case first and second-round scenario for Pittsburgh to open the draft.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have several glaring needs on their roster, and sequencing their top two selections in the NFL Draft will be important. Last year, Omar Khan had a chance to snatch Oregon cornerback, Christian Gonzalez, but where would the team have gone with their second-round pick?

Had Pittsburgh decided to go with a cornerback in Round 1 last year, it's hard to believe that Joey Porter Jr. would have been their selection at pick 32 (though he was by far the best player remaining on the draft board). This is an example of how important sequencing is early in the draft.

Recently, Daniel Jeremiah appeared on Path to the Draft and he laid out the ideal scenario for the Steelers in the first two rounds of the 2024 NFL Draft.

With the 20th overall pick, Jeremiah had the Steelers taking Georgia offensive tackle Amarius Mims.

Mims is a polarizing prospect due to his tremendous upside and physical traits, but a scary injury history and an extreme lack of college snaps. Regardless, Jeremiah feels that this pick would be swinging for the fences at a premium position that also happens to line up with a big positional need for Pittsburgh. Mims also happens to check every box the Steelers look for in a first-round pick.

With the 51st overall pick in the second round, Jeremiah thinks Florida wide receiver Ricky Pearsall would be the perfect selection.

Pearsall is a one-year wonder at Florida who will be 24 years old as a rookie. However, he's a tremendous athlete with soft hands who can play outside or in the slot. His skill set would be a great compliment to George Pickens in Arthur Smith's offense.

Is there a better one-two punch for the Steelers?

Landing Amarius Mims and Ricky Pearsall in back-to-back rounds to open the draft is an excellent scenario for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but is there one that works out better?

If the Steelers ignore offensive tackle in Round 1, it seems very unlikely that they will be able to draft a second-round tackle who will start as a rookie. Jeremiah's perfect one-two scenario also ignores a need at center.

Assuming all three of the top centers are off the board, drafting Mims and Pearsall is a scenario that most fans can get behind. However, many would love to see them run to the podium if either Jackson Powers-Johnson or Zach Frazier is available in Round 2.

There's also an argument to be made that a different receiver could be a better option after taking Mims in the first round. Some analysts like Michigan's Roman Wilson better, and it's possible that Keon Coleman or Troy Franklin could be on the board. Personally, I'm a big fan of Xavier Legette, and I think that he would be a good fit in Arthur Smith's offense.

Daniel Jeremiah's ideal scenario for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first two rounds isn't far off from what most fans would prefer and it's very realistic. There are a few scenarios that would be better, but I like this one-two punch early in the NFL Draft