After weeks of speculation, conjecture, rumors, and talk the NFL Draft has finally come and gone. Fans no longer have to guess who their team may take. No, instead, the real fun gets to start. Now they get to dissect every move and offer their “expert” opinions to the world. Did their team get it right? Did they screw it up?
Only time will really tell what moves were good and which ones were not. The Pittsburgh Steelers certainly picked up a nice selection of players. Should they all pan out, they may have succeeded in finding an answer to many of their needs.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 28, 2017
The Steelers needed a little help on defense; specifically, at linebacker and cornerback. On offense, it wouldn’t hurt to pick up a tight end or a wide receiver.
The following are the players they selected:
Round One—Wisconsin OLB T.J. Watt: J.J. Watt’s little brother is considered an above-average pass rusher. With the team’s free agency departures at linebacker this off-season, he will likely see playing time early and get the chance to contribute.
Round Two—USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster: Antonio Brown isn’t going anywhere anytime soon but the Steelers could use a No. 2 they can count on. They hope Martavis Bryant can be that guy but history has shown he can’t be trusted. He will at least be a solid No. 3 this season and a decent kick returner.
Round Three—Tennessee CB Cam Sutton: Secondary was a weak point for the Steelers last season. Artie Burns is a solid up and coming DB as is Seth Davis but they need an upgrade over Ross Cockrell. Sutton is not a big guy but he could be the upgrade the Steelers secondary needs.
Round Three—Pitt RB James Conner: With Le’Veon Bell’s injury history, the Steelers need a quality No. 2 running back. They seem to have lost faith in DeAngelo Williams and Knile Davis has had his ups and downs. Conner will be a popular pick coming from Pitt and returning from a battle with cancer—but he is a good running back as well.
Round Four—Tennessee QB Joshua Dobbs: With Big Ben talking possible retirement, the Steelers need to be prepared for the future. Dobbs is a tremendous athlete and played well overall during his time with the Volunteers. He could use some time before getting inserted into a game. With Big Ben and Landry Jones on the roster, he should get it.
Round Five— Utah CB Brian Allen: A former wide receiver, Allen has only 12 starts in the secondary under his belt. But he has played well (five interceptions, nine pass breakups) and has a rare combination of size and speed. He’ll need time to develop but could turn out to be a steal this late in the draft.
Round Six— Louisville LS Colin Holba: Long snapper is not a position that typically teams worry about having a lot of competition at. But the Steelers current long snapper has been in the league since 2005. Greg Warren might be want to start working on his resume.
Round Seven— Western Michigan DE Keion Adams: He’s kind of small for a defensive lineman at just 245 pounds. He is athletic and quick but has a lot of work to do on his technique—which he’ll have plenty of time to work on as the team tries to add 25-30 pounds to his frame.