Entering the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers draft needs started to dwindle. After selecting cornerback Artie Burns in the first round, the team went back to the defensive backfield to select cornerback / safety hybrid Sean Davis from the University of Maryland in the second round. In the third round they chose defensive tackle Javon Hargrave from South Carolina State.
With that said, the team had some options with their fourth round pick. They could go with an offensive player, or stick to the defense and try to build depth on a unit which lacks such a thing.
There have been numerous thoughts and debates regarding what, and who, the team will select on Day 2 of the draft, and the debate is ongoing, but with their fourth round pick the team finally addressed the offensive side of the football by selecting offensive tackle Jerald Hawkins from LSU.
Hawkins declared eligible for the NFL Draft a year early, but is a big-bodied player with the capabilities to fill the role Kelvin Beachum held when he was drafted as the team's primary backup, or swing, tackle.
Hawkins, who stands at 6-feet 6-inches and weighs 305-pounds, played right tackle in his first two years at LSU, and left tackle in his final season in college. The selection of Hawkins was the first offensive pick of the draft for the Steelers, and they have just three picks remaining (6th round and two 7th round selections).
Steelers 2016 NFL Draft Class (to date):
1. Artie Burns - CB - University of Miami
2. Sean Davis - S - University of Maryland
3. Javon Hargrave - DT - South Carolina State
4. Jerald Hawkins - OT - LSU