Steelers are sure to target these 3 players with strong family ties in the NFL Draft
3. Steelers could target Shaka Heyward
This is a wildcard that a lot of fans might not know about. If you haven't followed college football or the NFL Draft closely, you may not have heard much about Shaka Heyward. As you've probably guessed, he's related to Cameron and Connor Heyward, but they are first cousins; not brothers.
Regardless, this could be enough to get the gears spinning for Mike Tomlin and Pittsburgh's front office. Shaka Heyward is a long-limbed off-ball linebacker for Duke who turned some heads at the NFL Combine when he measured in with 34'' arms and ran a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash.
So far this offseason, the Steelers have completely revamped their linebacker corps, as Myles Jack, Devin Bush, and Robert Spillane are all gone while Cole Holcomb and Elandon Roberts joined the team in free agency. This still leaves room for at least one more player via the NFL Draft.
Some believe that the Steelers will address the LB position early still, and if that's the case, the pick won't be Heyward. However, if they don't get one by day three, Pittsburgh may be able to snag Heyward toward the end of the draft.
It seems highly unlikely that the Pittsburgh Steelers could end up with both Nick Herbig and Shaka Heyward, or really even any combination of the two. However, Pittsburgh has already met with each of these three players once and the strong family bloodlines are going to make selecting them in the NFL Draft an even bigger possibility.