Steelers mock draft round 7: Jaylen Key, S, Alabama
Outside of Minkah Fitzpatrick, nobody's job should be secure when it comes to the safety position in Pittsburgh. The Steelers tried to replace Terrell Edmunds with a combination of older players like Damontae Kazee and Keeanu Neal. However, Neal suffered a season-ending injury, while Kazee's performance wasn't what we had hoped and the veteran was suspended late in the year.
Trenton Thompson was a pleasant surprise who may be able to offer the team something in 2024, but he can't be counted on to fill a starting role at this point in time. Meanwhile, special teamer Miles Killebrew is set to hit free agency, and the Steelers may have to pay good money to bring him back after he earned First-Team All-Pro honors for his performance on special teams in 2023.
Veteran Eric Rowe was also strong for the Steelers down the stretch, but his practice squad contract has officially expired, and he is free to sign with any team. Even if he returned to Pittsburgh, the Steelers would still need to add competition at the safety position.
Taking a player in the seventh round doesn't even secure their spot on the final roster, but with holes at the position, they would have a chance to stick around. Jaylen Key is a former UAB safety who transferred to Alabama in 2023. He would compete for one of the final roster spots on the team in 2024.