Age is an issue across majority of their starting defensive depth. An injection of youth at the position will be given consideration, as the Steelers will have their fair share of corners available.
Pittsburgh has already given consideration to Jourdan Lewis out of Michigan. Lewis would be a perfect fit in the Steelers' secondary, as a fair comparison would be William Gay, who has enjoyed a solid tenure in Pittsburgh.
Adoree Jackson will also be given consideration if still on the board. Jackson has shutdown skills, and his playstyle would also be a solid match for the Steelers' defense.
Gareon Conley's value is fluctuating on most draft boards. There are scouts that value him as a top 10 prospect, while others keep him as a late 1st round to early 2nd round prospect. Obviously if Conley is still on the board, the Steelers wont likely pass on his high upside.
The loss of Lawrence Timmons has created a void within the Steelers' linebacking unit. Filling this void will be a priority for Pittsburgh during the opening rounds of the draft.
The top prospects at the position will already be off the board, so barring an unforseen trade, the Steelers will cover this need in the 2nd round. Raekwon McMillan would be the next available prospect, and he should be available when the Steelers make their 2nd round selection.
Pittsburgh could entertain making a reach for McMillan, but with other defensive needs versus available talent still on the board, such a move would be ill advised.
James Harrison signed on for two more seasons, but at 38 years of age, the Steelers will consider using this pick to find their next big rush linebacker.
Recent indications from scouts suggest that UCLA standout Takkarist McKinley's draft stock has dropped considerally following a disappointing combine.
Pittsburgh attended his pro day, and met with McKinley on March 22nd. There is lingering concers about his shoulder, but he should be ready to go by the start of the season.
Other prospects at the position that will be given consideration are Charles Harris, Carl Lawson, T.J. Watt, and Tim Williams. While the liklihood is small, there is a chance that Harris could drop this far, which would make him a nice option should McKinley already be off the board.
Lawson, Watt, and Williams would be considered a slight reach at this point of the draft, but each carries an upside that gives them 1st round value available early in the 2nd round. Any of these prospects would give Pittsburgh a solid pass rusher off the edge, so should Harris and McKinley be off the boards, the Steelers will give consideration to drafting one of these prospects.
While Pittsburgh does field one of the top receivers in the league, Antonio Brown, they could use another go to target opposite of him.
It's not likely that any of the top three receivers will drop this deep into the 1st round. The remaining top talent at the position, Zay Jones, is at best a mid to late 2nd round prospect.
This means that in order for Pittsburgh to draft a receiver they would have to trade up to draft Davis, Ross, or Williams, but are any of these prospects worth the Steelers passing on bigger needs across their defense?
If you were the GM of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who would you select?
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