The perfect two-round scenario for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2023 NFL Draft
Steelers round 2 (50th overall): LB Jack Campbell, Iowa
I know that the Pittsburgh Steelers need to upgrade their interior defensive line alongside Cameron Heywards -- there's no doubt about that. However, I have a hard time believing that the value at DT will be better at this point in the draft than what this team could get at linebacker.
This isn't a particularly great linebacker class, but I do think that it's possible that only one or two off-ball linebackers are taken by the middle of the second round. I really like Drew Sanders, but I'm guessing someone will bet on his traits before Pittsburgh's original second-round selection.
Instead, I have them going with Jack Campbell from Iowa. Campbell doesn't look fast on film, but he's an uber-productive linebacker who doesn't have any holes in his game on film. His coverage ability won't translate as well at the next level due to his lack of elite speed, but he does have a very good blend of size and traits.
If Campbell happens to be gone, it's still possible that this is where you would want the Steelers to take a linebacker. At least one of Drew Sanders, Jack Campbell, Trenton Simpson, or Daiyan Henley will be on the board here, and any of the four are very solid selections at this point in the NFL Draft. The value at linebacker will be in the mid-second round.
There are plenty of other positions the Pittsburgh Steelers could target early, but going OT, CB, then LB in that order could give them the best possible two-round haul they could find in the 2023 NFL Draft.