2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Pittsburgh Steelers draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach.
Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis
– Najee Harris is every bit the franchise-changer that a top quarterback prospect is. For what Pittsburgh needs to get over the hump – remember, this team was unbeaten for a long, long time last year – he might be it. He’s the super-talent who could and should be another LeVeon Bell, but …
– It would’ve been nice if the Steelers did more for the O line. The total failure of the ground game wasn’t just on the backs – there wasn’t enough of a push. Getting Illinois interior blocker Kendrick Green and Texas A&M Mauler Dan Moore in the third and fourth round, respectively, helped, but they should’ve thrown a few late round fliers at the problem. However …
– It’s Pittsburgh. It might have just nailed this draft cold. TE Pat Friermuth will be a seam-stretcher, Isaiahh Loudermilk from Wisconsin fits on the defensive interior, and the D will let Miami’s Quincy Roche be the pass rushing terror he has the potential to become.
Best Value Pick: RB Najee Harris, Alabama, 1st round, 24th overall
Biggest Reach: OT Dan Moore, Texas A&M, 4th round, 128th overall
Late Flier That Could Work: LB Quincy Roche, Miami, 6th round, 216th overall
Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks
1 (24) RB Najee Harris, Alabama
2 (55) TE Pat Freiermuth, Penn State
3 (87) OG/C Kendrick Green, Illinois
4 (128) OT Dan Moore, Texas A&M
4 (140) LB Buddy Johnson, Texas A&M
5 (156) DT Isaiahh Loudermilk, Wisconsin
6 (216) LB Quincy Roche, Miami
7 (245) CB Tre Norwood, Oklahoma
7 (254) P Pressley Harvin, Georgia Tech
Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: Pre-Draft Analysis
There’s sort of a standard when it comes to Pittsburgh and drafting. Of course there are going to be whiffs and mistakes, and of course not everything works out, but the franchise didn’t have a first round pick last season and it got Chase Claypool and has a bit of promise among some of the other picks. But now they need starters at the 24 and the 55.
Will the Steelers pull a 2020 Green Bay – when the Packers took Jordan Love as a slight surprise – and take a quarterback if one of the big five is there at the 24? How about Stanford’s Davis Mills? A running back doesn’t make the impact a quarterback does, but taking Najee Harris or Travis Etienne would be a massive moment in the first round.
They need help for the offensive line, but they can do that in the second round. Grabbing a center would be nice, and that’s where they can get one who could be an instant fit. Again, it’s the Steelers. They’ll get a good guy in the first and they’ll nail the value in the second.
Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks
2 WR Chase Claypool, Notre Dame
3 LB Alex Highsmith, Charlotte
4 RB Anthony McFarland, Maryland
4 OG Kevin Dotson, Louisiana
6 S Antoine Brooks, Maryland
7 DT Carlos Davis, Nebraska
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