Steelers Draft: Predicting most-likely routes for pick 32 in the NFL Draft
If Steelers go the defensive route after Round 1:
The need for an offensive lineman does not outweigh the possibility of the Steelers taking who they consider the best player available. We know there are a few others they will have their eye on based on who they have met with and that Tomlin had his famous dinner meeting with.
Jack Campbell LB, Iowa
With the loss of Devin Bush, the Steelers will want to add a linebacker even though they signed Elandon Roberts. Some of the analysts on the NFL Network love this guy and his athleticism and feel he will start wherever he goes. Some Steelers fans calling the NFL radio have expressed their thoughts on how Campbell might be the perfect fit for the Steelers defense. It seems unlikely the Steelers will take him, but he is on their draft board; we know that much.
Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson
Compared to Campbell, it appears Simpson is a bit higher up on the Steelers draft board but can be a starter wherever he goes. Scouting reports have him projected as a hybrid defender best implemented on passing downs and has an attack that defenses in coverage and zone blitz looks. It’s hard to say whether linebacker is where they would go with a linebacker at 32, but Tomlin loves linebackers.
Will McDonald, Edge, Iowa State
Mcdonald is a borderline first-round draft choice, but he could still be on the board at 32; however, the Steelers have them high on their list as a potential pick for the first round. If Mcdonald falls and he is still there at 32, the Steelers could grab him. T.J. Watt may be the best edge rusher in the NFL right now. It’s the Steelers trademark to have an aggressive pass rush, plus it’s always nice to have a 2nd talented pass rusher if something happens to T.J. Watt again.