The first round came and went with plenty of trades, moves, and surprises. However, the core of the draft is on Friday, with the second and third round picks that make up the backbone of the team. Many projected first round picks are still on the board with all of the surprises and wheeling and dealing going on. Heck, many players that were linked to the Steelers at 20th overall are still on the board.
While the Steelers do not pick until 66th overall, there are only 34 spots until their next selection. They should be looking for the unpredictable nature of the draft to push a top 30 player available down the board. With that in mind, here are the top 30 prospects still available entering round two.
1. Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
A medical red flag seemed to push a consensus top 10 pick out of the first round. When will someone take the chance on him now that he is not in round one talks?
2. Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Arguably the top cornerback in the draft, Murphy has the lack of speed and size desired in the first round.
3. Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
Ford is a mauler of an offensive lineman who can play tackle and guard.
4. Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M
An SEC center who has handled some of the better interior linemen will not last long tonight.
5. Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
A volatile receiver prospect, Hakeem Butler is expected to go at some point early tonight.
6. Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
Risner has the versatility to play guard, center and tackle in the NFL. However, some may see a tweener.
7. Julian Love, CB Notre Dame
Love has great instincts with his feet and has plenty of ball skills. However, bigger wide receivers were able to out-physyical him.
8. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Williams is a height, length and speed prospect with questionable desire against the run.
9. A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
Could Brown be the next AB in Pittsburgh? The Steelers would likely have to trade up.
10. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The combine warrior had too many injury and nuance questions to go in round one.
11. Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia
Juan Thornhill is one of the best pure athletes in this draft and will be a versatile chess piece in the NFL.
12. Chase Winovich, Edge, Michigan
Winovich is a high-effort player with underrated athleticism to give him upside in the NFL.
13. Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame
An extremely raw wide receiver, Boykin had a better combine than D.K. Metcalf.
14. Elgton Jenkins, C, Miss State
Another hard-nosed SEC center will be a great value in round two.
15. Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
Rapp had round one talk until running a 4.7 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. How far did this affect his stock?
16. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
Gardner-Johnson is a chess piece who can line up in the slot, or as a strong and free safety.
17. Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
Little has the size and reach to be a starting LT in the NFL.
18. Amani Hooker, S, Iowa
A versatile and instinctive defender who can play every position in the back end.
19. Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
Grier has the chance to be put in a better situation in round two than if a team reached for him in round one.
20. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Drew Lock was expected to be taken in the first round
21. Christian Miller, Edge, Alabama
Miller has upside to be an elite talent but has too many injury concerns to be a round one player
22. David Long, CB, Michigan
Long is a physical press cornerback who does not have the length to press in the NFL, but has the footspeed to move into the slot.
23. Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
A short but thick wide receiver who can move with the ball in his hands, think Golden Tate
24. Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
He does not run many routes, but when the ball is in his hands, big things happen.
25. Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis
Henderson averaged over eight yards per carry at Memphis
26. Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan
Bunting comes from a small school but has elite athleticism and serious upside.
27. Zach Allen, DE, Boston College
Allen has the length to defend the run on the outside and burst to push pockets from the inside.
28. Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
Ya-Sin has long arms and great ball skills to go with high upside as a raw prospect.
29. Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
Layne is a long, former wide receiver who is raw but has plenty of upside.
30. Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
Thompson has questionable deep speed, but great ball skills as a deep safety.
Mic Drop: Adam Zielonka of Washington Times on McFarland, Brooks
Instead of trading for a proven running back like Leonard Fournette, the Steelers simply drafted a rookie with their 4th round pick. That rookie is Anthony McFarland out of the University of Maryland. To fully explain what McFarland brings to the table, Mike Asti was joined by Adam Zielonka, who is a sports reporter for the Washington Times. Zielonka also touched Antoine Brooks, the other Maryland product drafted by the Steelers.
Colbert Explains Why He Wanted Three Rounds Added to 2020 Draft
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is offering an explanation as to why he wanted three rounds added to the 2020 NFL Draft.
Speaking with NBC Sport’s Mike Florio on the PFT PM podcast Tuesday, Colbert took the opportunity to clarify his suggestion.
“The reasoning was, part of it was selfish,” Colbert said. “You wanted to have a safety net because we’re dealing with less information, and the more picks you have, maybe you’ll have a little bit of a safety net again.”
With the league’s self-implemented travel restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, clubs were unable to conduct their normal scouting activities prior to the Draft. This included Pro Days, private workouts and in-person interviews.
Less opportunities to watch and speak with prospects results in a larger margin for error.
Colbert went on to say that it also would have benefited some of the fringe prospects in the Draft that never had the chance to showcase themselves at a Pro Day or other setting.
“The other thing was it would give the marginal player that didn’t get his opportunity to go to a Pro Day and to perform. Maybe there will be more players drafted and then those players will then again have the chance they might not get.”
Now without rookie minicamps, the challenges are mounting for clubs and NFL hopefuls.
“Every year a team might stumble upon a tryout player,” Colbert said. “Maybe if we ever get on the field, we can think of a way to help those because there’s a big group of players that aren’t getting opportunities because of the situation.”
Colbert reminded Florio that the Steelers discovered Devlin “Duck” Hodges as a tryout in camp last year.
It is unclear when teams will be allowed to return to the practice field for their offseason programs, with clubs currently conducting theirs entirely from home.
Mic Drop: NFL Draft Recap Show
It was eat, sleep, draft coverage, repeat for Mike Asti and the Steelers Now crew this past week. And now that the draft is over, Mike Asti evaluates each pick and gives his thoughts on some moves he says the Steelers should have made.