Steelers can round out perfect draft with one of these gems in Round 3

K.J. Henry NC State v Clemson
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently riding a heater to one of their best drafts ever. They took their franchise left tackle with their first-round pick, trading up a few spots to select Broderick Jones from Georgia. A gift fell into their laps with the first pick of the second round, selecting cornerback Joey Porter Jr. from Penn State, a selection many predicted in the first round. Then, with their second pick in the second round, they took Keeanu Benton from Wisconsin.

At this juncture, the Steelers still need some depth help at several positions, mostly on defense. They could use a third outside linebacker behind T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith. They also need another inside linebacker who can be relied upon in passing situations.

Finally, they could use another tight end if they want to lean more heavily on the run game and play action passes. Therefore, here are several players the Steelers could target with their third-round selection.

EDGE KJ Henry, Clemson

KJ Henry would be an excellent backup edge for the Pittsburgh Steelers to spell T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith. He's an older prospect who had to bide his time in Clemson's loaded defensive line room. But he finally broke out this year, recording 9 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, and 24 pressures, the most for the Tigers.

Henry was a captain for Clemson and a premier leader on a team filled with alphas. He is a relatively high-floor, low-ceiling prospect, given his age. But Henry is a solid run defender and would be a great rotational piece behind Watt and Highsmith.

ILB Daiyan Henley, Washington State

Even though the Steelers made efforts to remake their inside linebacker room this offseason, they still lack a player who can be relied upon during pass-heavy situations. Cole Holcomb should be fine, but Elandon Roberts and Mark Robinson are downhill thumpers who would be liabilities in coverage.

Enter Daiyan Henley, a former safety with excellent coverage skills. In his first year at the Power Five level, he was a consensus 1st-Team All-Pac 12 player, earning some All-American honors and finishing as a finalist for the Butkus Award. He's smaller and will need to learn how to take on blocks in the NFL, but he can be a solid situational player who will develop into good player.

EDGE Isaiah McGuire, Missouri

As previously mentioned, the Steelers desperately need some depth at outside linebacker. Isaiah McGuire would provide a powerful, dynamic threat off the edge against the pass and the run. At 6'4" and 268 pounds, he's more in the mold of Bud Dupree, albeit not as athletic.

McGuire finished his senior year with 13 TFLs and 7.5 sacks for the Tigers. He's one of the most powerful edge rushers in this class with incredibly strong hands and the ability to knock back nearly any offensive tackle backwards. He gave the Steelers' first-round pick, Broderick Jones, plenty of trouble in their matchup this year. McGuire could stand to develop his arsenal of pass-rush moves, but who better to learn from than T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith?

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