Entering the 2020 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a number of draft needs which they needed to address. With no first round selection in the draft, running back, safety and even inside linebacker were still positions of need to help the black-and-gold get to the next level in 2020. There have been numerous thoughts and debates regarding what the team will do on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.
When the dust settled, the Steelers have selected Maryland RB Anthony McFarland, with their first pick of the draft in the fourth round.
Steelers take RB Anthony McFarland of Maryland— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) April 25, 2020
For those who may not know much about McFarland as a player, this is his overall breakdown of his game, per his NFL Draft Profile:
McFarland runs hard, but he’s not that big and he’s not that creative, so he could struggle to find yardage for himself. A high-ankle sprain may have been at the root of his unimpressive 2019 tape, as he showed a little better burst and tackle-breaking ability in 2018, but in both seasons he needed either clear points of entry or to be operating in open space to get it going. His projection can’t just rely on a couple of splash performances from 2018. He appears to have low-end backup potential, but it’s worth noting that some NFL teams are much higher on him.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ draft needs in the remaining rounds of the draft now would be considered: offensive line, inside linebacker and safety among other positions.
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