After fielding multiple questions about Ben Roethlisberger, Bud Dupree, and the Mason Rudolph/Myles Garrett situation, Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert was finally asked about this year‘s NFL draft.
“This class is coming together. What we know right now is it reflects modern football,” Colbert explained about the 2020 NFL draft prospects. “It’s an unusually strong class for outside linebackers, and we’ve gone through it a few times. We still feel that way. And offensive tackle it’s a very strong draft as well. So that’s kind of where the draft heads in modern-day football because of the way they’re playing in high school and college.”
With both positions being possibly ones of need for the 2020 Steelers draft, it’s good to know that the Steelers GM believes they have some depth. It’s unsure exactly which positions are the most important for the Steelers until they make their other decisions in free agency. With one starting edge rusher an unrestricted free agent in Bud Dupree and the Steelers starting right tackle a restricted free agent in Matt Feiler, how the Steelers move forward with both those positions through the free agency period will help determine how much of a need there is come the end of April when the NFL draft is held in Las Vegas.
As for the perceived depth at both of these positions, Colbert’s assessment falls right in line with that of CBSSports.com. In their player rankings, they have both 13 edge rusher‘s and 13 offensive tackles in their top 100 prospects. The only position which has more than either of these is wide receiver (18) which is to be expected.
Just to settle anyone’s curiosity, CBS’s player rankings have the number 49 prospect (where the Steelers have their first scheduled selection) as the top interior offensive lineman in Wisconsin C/G Tyler Biadasz.
Whether or not the Steelers draft board is anywhere close to that of CBS Sports is anybody’s guess. Most likely it is not. But as the combine takes place over the next several days, things won’t change nearly as drastically as what people think. Although somethings may be tweaked a little, Colbert dismiss the entire notion of players shooting up peoples draft boards.
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“When they say people are going up draft boards, none of that ever really happens. It’s pretty set right now. It’ll move a little bit, but not drastically.”
So are the Steelers in prime position to draft an edge rusher and offensive tackle in this year‘s draft? Or do the Steelers need to decide on their current players first in order to see if it is a position of need? One things for sure is the method in which Steelers do business over the next several weeks will bring much more clarity to the situation.