DRAFT PREVIEW: Pick 30 – Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers finished as AFC runners-up in 2016, but lost some key players in free agency. How will they fill the gaps in this Draft?

Pick: 30

2016 Record: 11-5

What went right in 2016? The Steelers got a new and improved Ben Roethlisberger in 2016 – more patient, less impulsive and, as a consequence, more accurate and effective. His partnership with Antonio Brown, and the unique running skills of La’Veon Bell, gave Pittsburgh the most feared offense in the NFL. On the defensive side, the play wasn’t up to that high standard, but a young unit continued to improve, especially as the offense was so good at keeping their opponents on the sidelines.

And what went wrong? The team’s over-reliance upon Brown and Bell was revealed in the AFC championship game, where injury to the latter meant that the offense was rendered impotent.

What do they need? Tight End, Wide Receiver, Running Back, Linebacker

Who will they pick? Whilst Pittsburgh could do with help on the defensive side, they can help balance the offense out more by taking one of the good young skill players likely to be available at this end of the Draft. David Njoku, the University of Miami tight end. looks to be just the sort of player they should be thinking of.

Richard O’Hagan

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Richard O'Hagan
Writer on such diverse topics as sport, music, theatre, law and politics. Author of 'Eddie the Sheep'. Supporter of underachieving teams, including the Chicago Bears from before that brief, heady, period in the mid-1980s when they were actually any good. All I want for Christmas is a Jim McMahon away shirt.
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