The Pittsburgh Steelers have been in full offseason mode since their early departure from the NFL Playoffs. The next step is thoroughly vetting offensive coordinator candidates until Mike Tomlin finds one who is going to bring something new and different to the team. While the front office assesses their coaching staff, fans are already starting to look ahead to the 2024 NFL Draft.
Last year, Pittsburgh managed an impressive draft haul under new GM Omar Khan. They were praised for taking some of the best players on the board at some of the most important positions on the roster. This time around, it's possible that Tomlin isn't willing to be as patient.
We have seen the Steelers make short-sighted moves plenty of times in the past to try to get immediate results, and with the pressure to end a seven-year drought without a playoff win, Tomlin and the front office could try to do something in the NFL Draft that gives them an instant spark. I have Pittsburgh seeking instant gratification in my latest seven-round Steelers mock draft.
Steelers mock draft round 1: Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State
This is a player that you won't often see in connection to the Pittsburgh Steelers. With several pressing needs at positions like cornerback, offensive tackle, and center, wide receiver seems to be the last of their worries. However, Tomlin knows how badly this offense needs a spark, and a top-flight wide receiver prospect is more likely to offer instant results than an offensive lineman.
Keon Coleman is an excellent football player who would still be deemed a good value selection if he fell to the 20th overall pick in the NFL Draft. The Steelers have two capable receivers in Diontae Johnson and George Pickens, but Johnson is entering the final year of his contract and the team may require an option to pair with Pickens long-term.
Coleman is an excellent, well-rounded receiver prospect who can win at the catch point thanks to his size and physicality. He has excellent movement skills for his size (listed at 6'4'' and 215 pounds) but is shifty enough to be the team's punt returner (similar to a young Dez Bryant).
Anymore, NFL teams start three wide receivers, and the Steelers do not have a quality option outside of Johnson and Pickens. Keon Coleman could offer a massive upgrade at the WR3 position and could eventually develop into a stud receiver on Pittsburgh's roster down the line.
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