Pittsburgh Steeler Draft Report
The Steelers surprised the NFL last season missing the playoffs by one game after the big injury to Ben Roethlisberger. They had six picks in this draft class and only one pick in the Top 100, so let's break down their big pickups and see if the value they got was worth there price.
Round 2 Pick 49 - Chase Claypool
It was expected for the Steelers to go either running back or wide receiver in the earlier rounds and they went for a big receiver in Chase Claypool. He is a great run blocker who is a bully when the ball is in the air. He gives Big Ben a big red zone target and a big frame receiver, which Big Ben seems to prefer. I do disagree with them passing up on a receiver like Denzel Mims, but Claypool will be an immediate impact player, however, the upside is limited.
Round 4 Pick 102 - Alex Highsmith
The Steelers needed depth at the outside linebacker position. They addressed that with this pick. He's a fast linebacker whos explosive off the ball and quick to diagnose a play before it happens. He uses more finesse moves than strength, which he needs to work on in order to be more dominant on the field. He could develop behind the likes of TJ Watt and Bud Dupree and develop into a starter in the near future.
Round 4 Pick 124 - Anthony McFarland Jr
The Steelers need a running back to either compliment Conner or to be a dominant backup. Conner is yet to play a full season and both Benny Snell and Jaylen Samuels disappointed last season. McFarland is a big-play threat and hard to bring down in the open field. He's explosive and will play the perfect compliment to Conner's physical style of running.
Round 5 Pick 135 - Kevin Dotson
With the retirement of Ramon Foster, the Steelers needed a guard to replace him. In comes Kevin Dotson, PFF highest graded guard from last season. Talk about a STEAL. He is a great run blocker and possesses the strength to dominate along the interior offensive line.
Round 6 Pick 198 - Antonie Brooks Jr
The Steelers got a very versatile player in Brooks. He can play either safety, linebacker or even in the slot as a corner. He was also one of the best safety's last season against the run. The upside is tremendous here and he could be a very valuable asset for the Steelers down the line.
Round 7 Pick 253 - Carlos Davis
The Steelers need to build depth on their defensive line and they found a freakish athlete in Davis. He is a powerful player that moves insanely fast for his size. He should be a solid rotational player from day one.