Entering the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers draft needs continue 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 finally decided to select an offensive player in the 4th round by selecting OT Jerald Hawkins from LSU. The team didn't have a 5th round pick due to the trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, but had some options with their lone 6th round pick.
In the 6th round the Steelers went back to the defensive side of the ball and selected ILB Travis Feeney from Washington.
Feeney is another athlete with blazing speed to help cover a lot of ground on the football field. Feeney ran a 4.41 40-yard dash, and his 6-feet 4-inch frame could use some more muscle as he currently weighs 230-pounds.
Feeney's strengths include his ability to use his size and speed to stay with tight ends and wide receivers in coverage; however, he struggles in run support and his frame has suggested many teams to consider moving him to a strong safety position other than ILB.
Another issue which saw Feeney fall to the 6th round were a pair of shoulder injuries. He has undergone four shoulder surgeries over his collegiate career, twice tearing the labrum in his left shoulder and once the right, as well.
Pittsburgh Steelers current 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
5. NO PICK
6. Travis Feeney - LB - Washington