10 most realistic 1st round options for the Steelers
Thanks to the busiest offseason in recent memory, the 2022 NFL Draft is going to have an added layer of drama. This is especially true for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sitting at the No. 20 pick, the Steelers not only made a lot of big moves, but saw other teams do it as well.
We again ran 50 one-round draft simulations from various sites and here are the 10 most realistic options for players who will be on the board when the Steelers pick in the first round. Please note that we have removed any inside linebackers or inside offensive line from this list, as well as positions the Steelers do not need in the first round, such as running back and have kept this list strictly to the most guys. realists who should be on the board when picking the Steelers.
The Steelers wide receiver depth chart has taken a hit and they are an elite group of wide receiver prospects. Ohio State’s Chris Olave is an all-around receiver with the advantage of having breakthrough speed.
If it’s not for a torn ACL, there’s no way Alabama’s Jameson Williams is an option for the Steelers. But if Pittsburgh is confident in its recovery, there is no more explosive weapon in the draft.
With fellow Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis off the board, Devonte Wyatt is the best defensive line prospect available to the Steelers. A ridiculous athlete, Wyatt plays a very different role in defense than Davis but would be a great addition.
Depending on what happens with Terrell Edmunds, safety could be a big need for Pittsburgh. The slender and physical Daxton Hill of Michigan would be an excellent couple with Minkah Fitzpatrick.
In almost every simulation, Kenny Pickett and Malik Willis are off the board, so if the Steelers want to draft a first-round quarterback, Ole Miss’ Matt Corral is the best option. He’s a fascinating dual-threat guy and he would benefit from not having to start right away.
Without needing a guard or center, Pittsburgh could be looking to improve offensive tackle depth after releasing Zach Banner. Northern Iowa’s Trevor Penning is a physical guy with a bad streak that would push Dan Moore and Chuks Okorafor.
The impending loss of cornerback Joe Haden hurts but the Steelers could ease the transition with another former Gator in Kaiir Elam. Elam has excellent size and does a great job of providing sticky coverage in a variety of patterns.
Michigan point pitcher David Ojabo suffered a torn Achilles on his pro day last week, which will hurt his draft stock. But medical technology being what it is, Ojabo could still be ready for the start of the regular season. Ojabo would be an ideal player to add to the pass rush rotation along with TJ Watt and Alex Highsmith.
Bernhard Raimann of central Michigan is another offensive tackle the Steelers could consider to back up Moore and Okorafor and possibly develop as a starter.
Georgia’s Lewis Cine is another quick safety with impressive tackling ability to replace Edmunds. Cine came on really strong last season and really showed a knack for being around football.