The Pittsburgh Steelers are in uncharted territory in 2022, and they are embracing it! For the first time in almost 2 decades, the Steelers will head into the season with a new quarterback under center. That’s a pretty big change for an organization that likes to play it safe. But that’s not all, now they are getting heavily involved in free agency to fill some holes. Will they swing for the fences in the 2022 NFL Draft as well?
Team Needs: QB, S, DT, WR, OL, CB
First Round, Pick #20 = KENNY PICKETT, QB
Prior to free agency, I would have said Offensive Line would work here, as would a trade up for Malik Willis. (whom the Steelers LOVE) A small trade-up for Willis is still possible, but with the addition of Mitch Trubisky, I think the Steelers hang tight at 20 and see what falls to them. Carolina, Seattle, or Atlanta would all be good fits for Willis and I think he falls to one of those 3. With him off the board, the Steelers shift to option B, Kenny Pickett. To be honest, the Steelers are probably planning on Willis being gone by the time they are on the clock and have definitely been keeping a keen eye on Pickett. He wowed at his pro day, and despite his small hand size, I think he is a good pick to sit a year or two behind Trubisky and learn Matt Canada’s offense.
Alt Picks: Malik Willis, QB / Chris Olave, WR / Jordan Davis, DL
Second Round, Pick #52= JAMESON WILLIAMS, WR
This pick assumes the Steelers manage to get one of their two prized quarterbacks in the first round. If not, then the first-round pick will be Chris Olave. The Steelers love 2 things, Big 10 players and drafting wide receivers. With JuJu, James Washington, and Ray-Ray McCloud all departing in free agency, the depth behind Chase Claypool and Diaontae Johnson gets mighty thin. But let’s say their QB room is set by this point, the Steelers opt to still fill out the reciever pool with Williams. An ACL injury in the National Championship game drops Williams down to the second round, but he still carries a first-round grade. The Steelers come away with a steal in the 2nd round. QB is still an option here with Desmond Ridder and Sam Howell. It’s worth noting that outgoing GM Kevin Colbert said he wants to give the Steelers a franchise QB as a going away gift.
Alt Picks: Desmond Ridder, QB / Logan Hall, DE/ Kyle Hamilton, S
Third Round, Pick #84 = Travis Jones, DT
The Steelers’ defense ranked one of the worst against the run in 2021. For a franchise that prides itself on a top defense, this is wildly unacceptable. No, of course Stephon Tuitt and Tyson Alualu both missed all or most of the season. So that surely had something to do with it. With Tuitt’s return to the game still a question mark, and if they don’t address this earlier in the draft, I think Travis Jones is the play here.
Alt Pick: Skyy Moore, WR
Fourth Round, Pick #138 = Smoke Monday, S
Love that name! And the Steelers don’t just get an awesome name with this pick, they get depth and a potential special teams ace as well. Chances are that is where Smoke would contribute most, in the return game. While adding versatility and depth to both the safety and cornerback positions
Alt Pick: Andrew Stueber, OT
Sixth Round, Pick #208 = Aaron Frost, OT
I am now just picking players whose names I like!
Seventh Round, Pick #225 =Tre Turner, WR
You already know why! I shouldn’t be up for the Steelers GM job. And I’m not! So that’s good.
Seventh Round, Pick #241 = Sincere McCormick, RB
Look these are all viable Day 3 picks. I can’t help that their names are awesome. McCormick was a four-star recruit. What do you want from me?! I am being Sincere
I’ll show myself out….
- / 1 year ago
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