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How different would the Steelers’ secondary be if they had drafted Justin Reid in 2018?

SB Nation’s re-draft of the 2018 NFL Draft makes Steelers fans wonder “what if” regarding their starting safety.

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The saying is “hindsight is always 20/20”, and this is true in many of life’s many situations. One arena where it also could be viewed as true is in the National Football League. Every year, around draft time, websites always produce re-draft articles.

You know, where they go back, with a full year of knowledge gathered, and go through the drafting process picking a new player for each team. This exercise can leave fans wondering ‘what if’ when it came to who their favorite team actually selected, and who could have been available if the cards had been dealt differently.

SB Nation recently re-drafted the 2018 NFL Draft, and from a positional standpoint, the Steelers wouldn’t be changing much. But from a player standpoint they would be going in a different direction than Terrell Edmunds.

Take a look at who SB Nation predicts the Steelers to take in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the second time around:

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

2018 pick: Terrell Edmunds, S

Re-draft pick: Justin Reid, S

The Steelers stick with a safety at No. 28, but this time it’s Reid who gets the call over an uneven Edmunds. Pittsburgh allowed passers to post a 95.2 rating against them last season— 21st-best in the NFL — a number the former Stanford product would immediately improve after breaking up 10 passes as a rookie and providing important over-the-top coverage for the Texans. He’s also capable of sidling up to the line of scrimmage and getting stops, which would make him a valuable link in the team’s chain of great defensive backs.

Inside linebacker Rashaan Evans also makes sense here given Ryan Shazier’s cloudy on-field future.

This makes me immediately wonder just what the Steelers’ defense would look like if the team had pulled the trigger and taken Reid over Edmunds. Sure, Edmunds didn’t play horribly, but it is hard to argue that Reid had a far superior rookie season in 2018. Granted, this is all in hindsight, and Edumunds’ second year might prove to be very much worth the first round designation.

Let’s take a look at the two safeties statistics for last year:

Combined Tackles:
Reid: 88
Edmunds: 78

Intereceptions:
Reid: 3
Edmunds: 1

Passes Defended:
Reid: 10
Edmunds: 4

Touchdowns:
Reid: 1
Edmunds: 0

Sacks:
Reid: 0
Edmunds: 1

When you put the statistics next to each other, you see not only how the two players are similar, but also how Reid was assigned to a much different assignment, mainly to drop into coverage more, compared to Edmunds.

What say you? Would you take Reid over Edmunds, or are you willing to let things play out to see how it goes? Let us know in the comment section below!