The Pittsburgh Steelers have the 15th pick in this year’s NFL draft. The names that have been floating around for possible selections for the black and gold have all been promising prospects and are expected to go early in the draft. That leaves us to wonder- can the Steelers really get who they want with pick number 15?
A few names on the the Steelers’ draft board this year have been wide receivers Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin, secondary guys like cornerback Justin Gilbert and safety Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, and linebacker Khalil Mack. All of these players have potential to be drafted in the top 10.
The Steelers need to address the secondary before all else in this draft. With Gilbert being the top cornerback in this year’s draft the Steelers would be ecstatic to land a pick like him. Gilbert’s proving to be the best cornerback after a great combine showing. Unfortunately for the Steelers, it doesn’t appear Gilbert will see the 15th round.
In fact guys like Gilbert, Mack, Evans, Clinton-Dix and Benjamin all might not see the later rounds. So is it in the Steelers’ best interest to trade up and snag one of these players?
I don’t think so.
This draft’s deep enough for the Steelers to come away with a quality player with the 15th pick in the draft. It isn’t worth the Steelers sacrificing later round picks just to move up into maybe the top ten of the first round.
Sure, all the players mentioned above appear to be top-notch picks and would certainly help the Steelers next season but giving up later round picks or draft picks in next year’s draft could be costly and those pick could be just as important.
For as deep as this draft is it doesn’t make sense for the Steelers to trade up. Who knows, maybe one of these players do fall to the 15th round and the Steelers get lucky.
I don’t see the Steelers picking up any of these players because they won’t be on the board for long. There’s still plenty of talent, guys like cornerbacks Darqueze Dennard, Jason Verrett or LaMarcus Joyner; wide receivers Marquise Lee, Jordan Matthews, or Allen Robinson all of which hit the 6 foot mark, as the Steelers will seek out a tall receiver to help Ben Roethlisberger.
It’ll be interesting to see how this year’s draft goes and what top players are left on the board when the Steelers’ pick comes around.