Steelers mock draft: team fills needs with obvious names

Wisconsin defensive lineman Keeanu Benton
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Louisville. player. 438. EDGE. . YaYa Diaby. 4.

Steelers mock draft round 4: EDGE YaYa Diaby

One of the biggest needs on this team is a quality reserve edge rusher. The Steelers have struggled to fill that void in recent years, and it has added strain and injury issues to the positional group. I was personally hoping for a veteran to join the squad as a capable third man, but that doesn’t appear to be happening.

YaYa Diaby is another strong and stout defensive prospect. He tested as a freak athlete despite being very hot and cold in college. He has a few different pass-rushing moves that make him a valid edge rusher for a team. His run defense is weak, and he will need to get better at reading plays if he ever wants to be more than a rotational player.

Even if he only becomes a situational player, he has the athleticism to be a great special teams player and a fine third edge rusher. If either of the Steelers starters were to get injured, this defense would be in trouble again. Upgrading the third edge rusher spot is a must if no veteran is added.