PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have to have to execute in the course of the 2021 NFL Draft in advance of any person is handing them a opportunity at a Super Bowl this period.
With demands on the offensive line, running back again, corner, and depth at several positions, the Steelers’ only solution is to find some diamonds in the rough and hope they have more than enough rookie pieces to contribute quickly.
For a group that requires to hit late in the draft, the Steelers will be seeking for mid-spherical steals – and really should be ready to locate some of these names just after the 2nd round.
Walker Minor, Tackle, Stanford
Jim Mora highlighted Walker Minor as an solution for the Steelers in the center of the draft. The Stanford deal with desires to operate out some kinks but really should be ready to add in the NFL if healthful.
With no some of the injuries during his time in the NCAA, Minor may be seeking at a first or second-round quality in many’s eyes. However, with out a complete 4 several years of playing time, groups will be skeptical of what the future holds for the lineman.
Walker can fill in at still left tackle and add depth at the rear of whoever the Steelers get started on Ben Roethlisberger’s blindside. And there is certainly very little probability he is gone before the third or fourth round.
Hunter Long, Restricted Finish, Boston School
The Steelers will be seeking for a limited close to compliment Eric Ebron, and Hunter Extensive may well be the deepest selection they’re prepared to wait around for. The Boston Higher education standout really should be available in the third spherical, which looks like the great time to solution the posture.
He may be a fall down from Kyle Pitts and Pat Freierman, but Very long has characteristics that will reward the Steelers in 2021. An quick option as their 3rd choose if offered.
Patrick Jones, Edge, Pitt
The Steelers don’t usually draft quite a few players out of their neighbor Pitt, but Patrick Jones could be an exception. The edge rusher is going to get caught in a weird draft for outdoors linebackers and very likely drop into the middle of the rounds.
The Steelers will need another person driving Alex Highsmith and T.J. Watt, and Jones delivers the upside to just take a prospect and experience assured in his abilities. His 21.5 sacks and 32 tackles for loss really should be adequate for the Steelers to consider and hold him in Pittsburgh.
Tyler Shelvin, Nose Tackle, LSU
The Steelers will not automatically require a nose deal with after convincing Tyson Alualu to stay for yet another two several years, but they could hardly ever have also substantially depth. With Isaiah Buggs and Carlos Davis becoming fewer than remarkable in 2020, Pittsburgh could possibly be in the market place for a young depth piece.
Shelvin fell in draft boards immediately after sitting down out the 2020 year to get ready for the NFL Draft. Anybody who missed the year would not have the draft inventory of those who played, but it is likely to lead to loads of steals for the duration of the center rounds.
Shelvin ought to be one particular of people steals.
Jamie Newman, Quarterback, Wake Forest,
The Steelers really don’t have to have a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft, but if they make a decision to select one, Jamie Newman is a very hot name to check out.
The Wake Forest QB didn’t assist himself by sitting down out the 2020 season, but he has possible. If he played, and played well, there is certainly a likelihood he is viewed as previously mentioned names like Kyle Trask and Kellen Mond. Rather, he’ll slide to the middle-to-late rounds.
Newman offers a significant physique with a strong arm. Performing powering Ben Roethlisberger, with coaches like Matt Canada and Mike Sullivan, there is likely for the development of the 6’4 quarterback.