The 2020 NFL Draft is quickly approaching, and the Pittsburgh Steelers will have less draft stock than Kevin Colbert and company are used to having. Without a first round pick, thanks to the trade with the Miami Dolphins for Minkah Fitzpatrick, the Steelers won’t be picking until the 49th selection in the 2nd round.
So, without as many picks as usual, what would be considered the best-case scenario for the black-and-gold in the 2020 draft? The folks at Pro Football Focus (PFF) give their best-case scenario for the Steelers. Take a look at what they said below:
PITTSBURGH STEELERS – ADDING DEPTH ON THE OFFENSIVE LINE
Pittsburgh doesn’t have many holes to plug on their roster, nor do they have much draft capital in 2019 — they don’t pick until 49th overall, then they don’t pick again until 102. What they should do, though, is add some depth along the interior of their offensive line. With B.J. Finney leaving for Seattle, they are left without a reliable backup option in the event of an injury, assuming Stefen Wisniewski starts at left guard and Matt Feiler stays at right tackle. Not to mention, Maurkice Pouncey is coming off the lowest-graded season of his career and isn’t getting any younger.
For the first time in a long time the Steelers don’t have a huge glaring need on their roster before the selection process begins. When you think about the 2019 NFL Draft, the Steelers were in need of an athletic inside linebacker and traded up to take Devin Bush with the 10th overall pick.
Entering this year’s draft, it is feasible to see the Steelers going in several different directions. Could they bolster their offensive line, as PFF suggests? Absolutely. Could they look for a play maker in the form of a running back or wide receiver? No doubt about it. Could they look to the defensive side of the ball and take a pass rusher, inside linebacker or even a safety. No one would be shocked if any of those positions were the team’s top choice.
No, the Steelers can take a Best Player Available (BPA) approach to this year’s draft, and doing so should help the team get the most bang for their buck when they only have a handful of picks in this year’s draft.
What do you think of PFF’s estimation of the best-case scenario? Would you have a different scenario? Let us know in the comment section, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as the 2020 NFL Draft quickly approaches.