Entering the 2018 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a number of draft needs which they needed to address. Inside linebacker, safety, running back, wide receiver and even quarterback were positions of need to help the black and gold get to the next level in 2018. There have been numerous thoughts and debates regarding what the team will do with their Day 1 and 2 selections. With the 28th overall draft pick the team added Terrell Edmunds, a safety from Virginia Tech, but there is more talent to be acquired.
The Steelers have selected WR James Washington, in the second round of the draft.
Steelers with #60 pick are taking WR James Washington, OK St. #NFLDraft— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) April 28, 2018
The Oklahoma State product is 5-feet 11-inches tall and 210-pounds. He ran a 4,54 40-yard dash, and is a big play magnet. Check out his overview on his NFL Draft Profile:
Washington is a top-heavy receiver with dangerous build-up speed who has a three year history of hitting chunk plays thanks to his speed and ball tracking. Washington is more gradual than sudden with check marks in the vertical categories but minuses in categories like route running and hands. Washington has the potential to compete as a WR2 for a team looking to stretch the field. His limitations and dependence upon his quarterback’s deep ball accuracy makes the chasm between his ceiling and floor a little wider.
This is the second year in a row the Steelers have selected a wide receiver in the second round of the NFL Draft. In 2017 the team picked JuJu Smith-Schuster out of USC, and that pick proved to be a good one. The hope is this pick equals similar success in 2018.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ draft needs in the remaining rounds of the draft now would be considered: running back, cornerback, offensive line and absolutely inside linebacker, among other positions.
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