The Steelers already have their quarterback. So, now with Pickett in hand, they could look to potentially add to the rest of the team. They have a big need at wide receiver and some other potential needs at cornerback, offensive line, linebacker, safety, and defensive line. Really, this board could fall a bevy of ways. However, who are some of the top targets for Pittsburgh on Day 2?
Skyy Moore, WR, Western Michigan
The Steelers could keep the Pittsburgh theme going if they really wanted to do that. Skyy Moore would be a fantastic selection to fill their wide receiver need. Not only does he have game-breaking speed, but Moore is the type of technician that gains easy separation. He is the type of guy that fits right into what Kenny Pickett likes in his receivers. This might be the dream scenario at 52 given just how natural the fit between Moore and the Steelers actually would be.
George Pickens, WR, Georgia
Another receiver that makes plenty of sense, the Steelers have shown plenty of interest in the versatile downfield threat that is George Pickens. He has a somewhat scary injury history, and that could be a little daunting for Pittsburgh, but he has first-round talent. A player with good athleticism, a legit release package at the line of scrimmage, and elite body control, Pickens can make plays that few can. There are flashes of first-round tape on his resume. The Steelers could get a guy that gives them more flexibility to move their guys around overall.
Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn State
Another Pittsburgh connection, it is hard to not think that Brisker is at least on the Steelers’ radar. With Grady Brown at his pro day, this is a pick that would make sense, too. Brisker can do whatever a team really wants him to do. Maybe, he is a better fit as a free safety, but in a two-high league, it makes a lot of sense for the Steelers to take a hard look at Brisker. His ball skills, athleticism, and physicality are three traits that should draw Pittsburgh to him. He’d be fantastic value at 52.
LBs Nakobe Dean, Georgia and Leo Chenal, Wisconsin
Grouping these two together makes a lot of sense just given what they can do. However, they are different players, but two of the most talented linebackers in the class. Nakobe Dean is a coverage unicorn and makes him presence felt through his coverage chops and downhill explosiveness. Chenal, on the other hand, makes it felt through his physicality and strong hands. He is the better run defender of the two, but is no slouch in coverage, either. Both of these guys have the sideline-to-sideline range and are great athletes for the position. If the Steelers want to draft a linebacker, it could be one of these guys.
CBs Andrew Booth Jr, Clemson and Roger McCreary, Auburn
Somehow, Andrew Booth Jr is still on the board. That is an unexpected thing to come about of the first day, however, he may be a player worth moving up the board for. With elite athleticism and ball skills, Booth is a rare blend of true innate football feel and athleticism. His ceiling is through the roof. On the other hand, McCreary lacks some of the physical traits that teams will love to see. He has shorter arms than most would like is little light in his frame. However, he is a feisty player with technical jams at the line of scrimmage and elite fluidity.
DeMarvin Leal, IDL, Texas A&M
Leal is rightfully the last of the bunch, given the Steelers are going to need an injection of youth in the defensive line at some point. That does not necessarily have to be this year, but Leal has the pedigree and physical upside to fill that void. While his pad level and counters will need work, the physical traits Leal has are things that can not be taught. With the great Karl Dunbar coaching him, Leal would have a chance to be a monster in Pittsburgh.