The future is now for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and with the 2019 NFL Draft just weeks away it is time we go through specific scenarios and discuss just what could go right, and wrong, with the Steelers in the first round of the draft.
We will be doing almost one scenario a week, and more leading up to the draft, which will always provide a different result, as well as the explanation behind the selection.
Time for the Steelers 2019 NFL Draft scenario 1.0.
Scenario: With the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting 20th in the 2019 NFL Draft, this scenario includes the fact the Steelers do not trade up in the draft, and because of that they see a run on potential prospects before they get to make a pick.
Devin White, Devin Bush, Greedy William, Byron Murphy and even the Iowa TE duo are all off the board before No. 20, and the Steelers have a choice to make. They could take Deandre Baker from Georgia, or they could go with an offensive player.
There is no use looking at running backs, but the wide receivers are very plentiful. While Hollywood Brown A.J. Brown are off the board, one of the Ole Miss wide outs has fallen dramatically down the draft board.
Steelers Pick: Baker certainly has a lot to like, but the Steelers decide to take D.K. Metcalf with their top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The first time they’ve taken a wide receiver in the first round since Santonio Holmes in 2006.
Analysis: The fan base will not be thrilled with the selection, but there is no way the Steelers could pass on Metcalf. His fall down the board is more linked to his lack of playing time in 2018, due to injury, than his freakish size and athletic ability.
The Steelers need to add to their offensive cupboard, especially at wide receiver, but the best situation for Metcalf is the Steelers don’t need him to step in and be the No. 1 wide receiver in Day 1. Rather, the Steelers will be able to use Metcalf in certain situations, and allow him to ease his way into the NFL and prepare for a larger role in the future.
While fans wanted a defender, they won’t be complaining when Metcalf is out running, and out jumping defenders for touchdowns in 2019!
Stay tuned to BTSC for more 2019 NFL Draft information and news, as well as more scenarios like this leading up to the big event.