Steelers Mock Draft: Steelers build for future playoff success

Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman JC Latham (65)
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. . 4. Receiver. 535. . . Ainias Smith. .

Steelers mock draft round 4: Ainias Smith, WR, Texas A&M

This offense sputtered down the stretch due to a lack of weapons. While Diontae Johnson and George Pickens are both bonafide stars and Pat Freiermuth can do some damage over the middle of the field, there needs to be another compliment to this offense. Calvin Austin is more of a vertical threat while Allen Robinson, assuming he isn’t cut, is a possession receiver with some size.

Ainias Smith is a classic catch-short, run-long type of receiver. He lacks the size to be a consistent outside option, but he can do some damage out of the slot and on screens. He has a knack for making the first guy miss, and when he gets into open space he can be deadly to an opposing defense.

The worst aspect of his game is his vertical ability. His size makes him a poor contested catch receiver, and he struggles to track the ball on deep-go routes. He will have to do most of his damage in the short and intermediate part of the field.

Considering the amount of vertical options in this offense though, that shouldn’t be a huge deal. Add in his ability in the run game and you can easily scheme him some touches. He adds another element to this offense, and he could become a stable weapon underneath as the rest of the team continues to excel on deeper routes.