2022 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Pittsburgh Steelers draft analysis, needs, picks, best value selection, and biggest reach
NFL Draft 2022: Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Analysis
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Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Picks: NFL Draft 2022
1 (20) QB Kenny Pickett, Pitt
2 (52) WR George Pickens, Georgia
3 (84) DT DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M
4 (138) WR Calvin Austin, Memphis
6 (208) FB Connor Heyward, Michigan State
7 (225) LB Mark Robinson, Ole Miss
7 (241) QB Chris Oladokun, South Dakota State
Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022
– Kenny Pickett is the draft. There are two ways to look at this. On the one hand, the Steelers just made a big move for the franchise – that’s a big call that he’s going to be the main man with the pick at the 20. If he’s not great, and if he’s not the starter, then it’s going to look worse considering the value at getting the other quarterbacks in the draft.
– The Steelers needed receivers, and getting George Pickens and Calvin Austin might change the game. The passing game needed more pop, and the young parts should do that. Combine the three guys for the passing game, and a great value in DE DeMarvin Leal in the third, and …
– What about the offensive line? Free agency helped the running game, but the Steelers should’ve done something to get younger and better up front. There were several chances to find blockers at a good value, and they didn’t go there.
Pittsburgh Steelers Best Value Pick, Biggest Reach, Late Flier: 2022 NFL Draft
Best Value Pick: 3 (84) DT DeMarvin Leal, Texas A&M
Biggest Reach: 2 (52) WR George Pickens, Georgia
Late Flier That Might Work: 4 (138) WR Calvin Austin, Memphis
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– After nailing the 2021 NFL Draft with Najee Harris in the first round and Pat Freiermuth in the second, now it gets a chance to build up bigger with a nice spot at the 20 to catch the Best Player Available. But …
– That probably won’t be a quarterback. This is a weak class of QBs – especially compared to what’s coming next year – but even so, Malik Willis is almost certainly gone.
Kenny Pickett probably isn’t sliding to the 20, and while Matt Corral or Desmond Ridder might be an idea, the better call would be to hope for Mitchell Trubisky to be okay, get a QB at the 52 – if you really want one – and keep building up the overall talent.
– Yeah, yeah, yeah, Pittsburgh addressed the awful offensive front through free agency – sort of. It could use a star up front to build around, but it could get a blaster in the second round and might have to go defensive back or wide receiver here if a top blocker isn’t available.
– So who’ll be there in the first round for Pittsburgh? The franchise usually doesn’t make big mistakes when it has a pick like this. If it’s corner, Washington’s Kyler Gordon or Clemson’s Andrew Booth might be there.
Yeah, Ohio State WR Chris Olave would be great, and Alabama WR Jameson Williams would be wonderful if he lasts this long, but the value here will be for the O line.
Again, the front five might not be the glaring need it was several weeks ago, but if Iowa C Tyler Linderbaum is there … home run. If Mississippi State OT Charles Cross is there … done. If Texas A&M’s versatile Kenyon Green is around … boom. But the real fun might be at the 52. Minnesota’s mammoth OT Daniel Faalele should be available to instantly upgrade the ground game.
Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 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
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