Steelers 2024 Mock Draft: Pittsburgh trades up for a position fans might not expect

Pittsburgh finds a way to trade up and add a impact player on for the Steelers offense

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Steelers mock draft round 6: Dillon Johnson, RB, Washington

Arthur Smith relies heavily on the run game to make his offense go. He will lean on Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren to set up Russell Wilson and the passing attack. The Steelers have arguably the best rushing duo in the NFL, but there is a concern when you look at the lack of depth behind them. They need to find another option to potentially start this season.

Pittsburgh has been lucky to rarely see either Harris or Warren be out with injury long-term. You have to expect that could happen at any moment, and this season could finally be the time. Hopefully, that never occurs, but the running back position wears a player down over time. Finding a third back in the upcoming draft might be the plan for the Steelers.

They use their first sixth-round selection on Dillon Johnson out of Washington. We know the Steelers have expressed interest in this back during the pre-draft process. He started off his collegiate career at Mississippi State. His time there wasn't anything great as he could not gain the starting role during his first three seasons there.

Dillion transferred over to Washington this past year and it paid dividends for him. He totaled almost 1,200 rushing yards and added 16 touchdowns to his resume. His lone year of starting production will concern teams, and that's why he will be available in the sixth round. He would be a great downhill runner to have as your third option behind Harris and Warren.