The Steelers are notorious for following certain tendencies in the NFL draft each year. Here are five trends you need to reconsider.
Every NFL team has a certain way of doing business in the off-season and certain qualities it looks for in the NFL draft. Some teams have “thresholds” that must be met in order to be drafted in a given round or to be fully on their design boards. For example, teams may require their edge defenders to meet the arm length threshold while other cornerbacks hit cornerbacks if they do not meet the desired height and length requirements.
If you’ve followed the Steelers closely over the years, it’s really not difficult to get a solid picture of the tendencies they are looking for in certain positions. Unfortunately, following many of these hasn’t worked in their favor lately. Here are five design trends the Pittsburgh Steelers will need to rethink in the future:
Only take big setbacks early in the design
I don’t know what to do with falling in love with Pittsburgh with major setbacks. There are many successful NFL teams out there who don’t seem to be following this at all, but it’s a must for the Steelers to design a rewind in the first three rounds.
Le’Veon Bell and James Conner were both at least 230 pounds from college, while Benny Snell and Jaylen Samuels weighed at least 224 pounds, according to the MockDraftable. The only player on his roster not following this trend is Anthony McFarland (208 lbs), but he was a day three election.
If the Steelers keep drawing like this, players like Christian McCaffrey (202 lbs), Dalvin Cook (210 lbs), and Alvin Kamara (214 lbs) probably won’t be on their radar, and it likely means Pittsburgh won’t think even to a player like Travis Etienne (205 lbs) in April.