The second day of the NFL draft brought more Pittsburgh Steelers for Steeler Nation to cheer for. But with that, it serves up more players to serve as instant rivals to boo. Here’s who will oppose Pittsburgh as new members of the AFC North.
Round 2 Pick 33
Cleveland Browns select Nevada OT Austin Corbett-Nevada
Everybody had Texas OT Connor Williams here, but the Browns surprise once again. The 6’4”/306-pound OT will move inside to guard and play alongside fellow Wolfpack alumnus Joel Bitonio. Corbett has a nasty streak as a blocker and could be a valuable bodyguard for Baker Mayfield.
Round 2 Pick 35
Cleveland Browns select Georgia RB Nick Chubb-Georgia
Cleveland legendary RB, Jim Brown, called the name of the man that ranks as the second-leading rusher in Bulldog history. Chubb started 14 games last year and gained 1,345 yards along with 15 TDs, while splitting time with Sony Michel. The UGA rusher lost a majority of his sophomore year and some explosiveness due to a knee injury, but the 228-pounder has an incredible work ethic to take to Cleveland to platoon, at first, with Carlos Hyde. The downside of Chubb is that he does not possess elite speed and offers very little as a receiver.
Round 2 Pick 46
Cincinnati Bengals trade pick to Kansas City for Round 2 Pick 46 and Round 3 Pick 78
Round 2 Pick 54
Cincinnati Bengals select S Jessie Bates III-Wake Forest
Bates is a rangy ball hawk with a high football IQ that has some Earl Thomas qualities. At 6’1, the Wake Forest product will play deep safety in the Queen City. Bates, who had six picks the last two seasons, joins George Iloka and Shawn Williams as safeties.
Round 2 Pick 64
Cleveland Browns trade pick to Indianapolis for Round 3 Pick 67 and Round 6 Pick 178
Round 3 Pick 65
Baltimore Ravens trade pick to Oakland Raiders for Round 3 Pick 75 and Round 5 Pick 152 and Round 6 Pick 212
Round 3 Pick 67
Cleveland Browns select DE Chad Thomas-Miami (Fla.)
Thomas is another edge rusher added to a young and talented defensive line in Cleveland. The 6’5” 281 pounder plays with a lot of intensity and has a high motor. A music producer for rapper Rick Ross, Thomas had nine sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss the past two years.
Round 3 Pick 75
Baltimore Ravens trade selection to Kansas City Chiefs for Round 3 Pick 86 and Round 4 Pick 122
Round 3 Pick 77
Cincinnati Bengals select DE Sam Hubbard-Ohio State
He’s 6’5” and 265 pounds. The Buckeye is a hard working Academic All-American that can really help the pass rush. In 2017, Hubbard had 13.5 tackles for loss.
Round 3 Pick 78
Cincinnati Bengals select LB Malik Jefferson-Texas
Jefferson fell like crazy, after being touted as a possible first rounder and Steeler possibility. The Bengals have a deep history of picking names that drop. Jefferson is very athletic and had 110 tackles, ten tackles for loss and four sacks. The knock on the 6’2” Longhorn is that he’s passive, doesn’t play fast and gets pushed around at times. Pretty much a special teams guy.
Round 3 Pick 83
Baltimore Ravens select OT Orlando Brown Jr.-Oklahoma
A Raven legacy picked by the Ravens at the same position his pop played. This guy could be a steal. The First-Team All-American was thought to be a certain first rounder until he completely imploded at the combine. At 6’8” and 345 lbs., the son of the late Zeus is more massive than athletic. Baker Mayfield’s bodyguard is an intriguing pick and can be a long time starter for B-More.
Round 3 Pick 86
Baltimore Ravens select TE Mark Andrews-Oklahoma
Just like the Steelers go back-to-back with Oklahoma State players, the Ravens take two Oklahoma guys. Their second Sooner is their second TE in the draft. Andrews was the Mackey Award winner as the nation’s top TE and makes massive yards after the catch. He makes the tough grab, but has a propensity to get the dropsies and is not much of a blocker. Last season, Andrews had 62 catches for 958 yards and eight touchdowns. The Ravens like double-tight end sets. These guys can give Keith Butler’s defense fits.