Pittsburgh Steeler’s plans for the primary spherical will likely be dropped at life by the NFL draft within the coming weeks
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers draft board will come to life in less than a month from the first election. As Pro Days ends, Head Coach Mike Tomlin and General Manager Kevin Colbert are leaving clues as to which direction they will go with Pick # 24.
It started with leaving out North Carolina. The only representative of the Steelers during the Tar Heels Pro Day was trainer Eddie Faulkner. In the meantime, Tomlin visited the state of Ohio.
While many believed the Steelers could hit the sweet spot and land the UNC running Javonte Williams back, their interest doesn’t seem to be as strong as we thought. Buckeyes running back Trey Sermon may have caught their attention.
At the same time, Oklahoma State appears to have made its way to Pittsburgh’s list of options versus Teven Jenkins.
Left attack is certainly on the Steelers board as they have Chuks Okorafor and Zach Banner, but little to no experience on the squad on the left of the line. While Alex Leatherwood and Jackson Carman are options after the Steelers attended the Alabama and Clemson Pro Days, the 6’6 OSU man appears to be busy.
Zaven Collins from Tulsa has performed several times with the Steelers. Some believe Pittsburgh has an interest in a linebacker, either outside or inside, with the 24th election. Frankly, the draft is too deep for the Steelers to dwell on minor needs in the first round when the jump between running backs and top and second tier tackles is a huge gap.
Weeks before the Steelers take the stage and add their newest member to the team, the two positions under observation seem to be tackle and running back. Najee Harris and Travis Etienne impressed, and the Steelers’ lack of attendance in North Carolina could suggest they are keeping an eye on either of the two in the first round.
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