PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An external linebacker, or edge rusher, is a need for the Steelers and a position they may want to fill early in this year’s draft.
Penn State’s Micah Parsons is the top linebacker on the board, but he decided to sign out last year, which can cause him to slide down draft boards. Parsons has all intangibles including a speed of 4.39 seconds and is very versatile.
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Penn State also has another edge defender who could leave in the first two rounds. Jayson Oweh is just as quick as Parsons, but he lacks consistency, which could lead to his dropping out from the first round.
Miami’s Jaelan Phillips has it all – size, speed and athleticism. He probably won’t make it through the first round.
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One name to watch out for is Tulsa’s Zaven Collins. He’s tall and has a ton of potential, but he hasn’t played for a Power 5 school which could result in him falling after Day 1 and becoming a bargain.
The Steelers lost a man from Kentucky this off-season, but this year there’s another man who could replace Bud Dupree. Jamin Davis had a great day as a pro and is an up and coming prospect among some scouts. He could be a target on day 2.
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If the Steelers wait until the third day, they can also bet on Pitts Rashad Weaver or Patrick Jones if they are available.