The NCAA College Football season is over, and with the full throttle of the NFL offseason, attention is now turning to the field, the characteristics, and the immaterial values of the field.
Yeah folks, it's a sham-draft season!
While bogus designs are nothing more than high projections for teams, analyzing team needs can be a valuable analysis.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have some crass needs for their football team, and most live on the defensive side of football. Below is an early categorization of the Steelers' three main needs that could and should be addressed in the upcoming draft, and should be:
2. Inside Linebacker
3. Wide Receiver
While there are certainly other team needs, including running back and EDGE Pass-Rusher. However, most agree that the team should have a very defensive training class while looking at its current squad. ESPN design expert Mel Kiper Jr. outperformed the Steelers picks in rounds 1 through 3.
Look at what Kiper has said about the selection:
Round 1 (20): Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Round 2 (52): Mack Wilson, ILB , Alabama
Round 3 (66): Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri
Round 3 (83): Will Harris, S., Boston College
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The Steelers have lost some star power in the offseason, but they still have the talent to fight for the AFC North title. Where are the biggest needs of Pittsburgh? I look at Cornerback, where former 2018 First Round pick Artie Burns was disappointing, and Inside Linebacker, where Ryan Shazier still has not been replaced. As GM, this was my plan. Baker is my top corner, a dependable and dependable cover defender. Wilson is a sure tackler who can slip into Shasse's earlier role.
The Steelers have the # 66 Raiders (in Antonio Brown trading), and they could find a starter at the top of the third round. Halle was Drew Locke's deep threat at Mizzou. In the last two seasons he has averaged 23.5 meters per catch, which led all FBS players with at least 35 receptions. Harris could start at one of the security areas.
At this point Steelers fans can discuss the prediction, but also the team has to move forward. Let us know in the comment section below what you think of the selections and the needs areas!