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, in the second round the Steelers added wide receiver James Washington, but there is more talent to be acquired. With their first pick in the third round, the team added the player who threw Washington passes, quarterback Mason Rudolph. Their final pick of the third round was offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor.
The Steelers have selected RB Jaylen Samuels, RB, with their second of two picks in the fifth round of the draft.
The Steelers took RB Jaylen Samuels with their second pick of the fifth round.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) April 28, 2018
Jaylen Samuels is considered a very versatile running back. Someone who can play a multitude of positions on the football field.
Here is what the low down is on him from his official NFL Scouting Report:
Some may see Samuels as a valuable hybrid talent, while others may see a player who offers roster flexibility but lacks a position where he can win consistently. Samuels isn’t a tight end and has to prove he can handle blocking duties well enough to be a fullback. He will, however, appeal to teams looking to disguise their attacks with more diversified personnel groupings. Samuels best fit may be with a zone-scheme team as a RB/FB with the ability to play slot receiver and become a core special teamer.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ draft needs in the remaining rounds of the draft now would be considered: cornerback, tight end and absolutely inside linebacker, among other positions.
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