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Steelers Scouting UAB-Central Arkansas Live

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The first FBS football game of the 2020 season took place on Thursday night, and the Pittsburgh Steelers were scouting it in person.


UAB hosted Central Arkansas in Birmingham, Ala., and according to Jordan Reid of The Draft Network, the Steelers were one of six NFL teams with a live scouting presence, joining the Bears, Dolphins, Falcons, Panthers and Titans.

UAB has a pair of skill position 2021 NFL Draft prospects: running back Spencer Brown and wide receiver Austin Watkins, Jr.

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NFL.com’s Charley Casserly Mocks Justin Fields to Steelers at No. 24

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We’ve heard the names Najee Harris, Landon Dickerson, Zaven Collins and Christian Darrisaw mentioned as possible selections for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2021 NFL Draft.

A name we haven’t heard until today is Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

Despite Fields being regarded as one of the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft. NFL.com’s Charlie Casserly recently mocked him sliding all the way to the Steelers at No. 24.

“Even though the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger are planning to continue their partnership, I don’t see the veteran playing much longer. In a stunning turn of events, Fields slides all the way to No. 24 (obviously, it won’t be a surprise if he goes much earlier than this) and Pittsburgh pounces at the chance to land a talented successor for Big Ben. Sitting behind a future Hall of Famer for a year is a prime spot for the Ohio State prospect.”

Many mock drafts have Fields going in the top five. But there has been some speculation over whether or not he’ll be the second, third or fourth quarterback off the board after presumptive No. 1 Trevor Lawrence.

While it seems like Ben Roethlisberger will return to the Steelers in 2021, having a quarterback with the potential of Fields waiting in the wings would be a minor miracle for the salary cap strapped Steelers.

As a junior, Fields led the Ohio State Buckeyes to the National Championship game and racked up 2,100 passing yards, 22 passing touchdowns, six interceptions, 383 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns in a COVID-19 shortened college season. He went 20-2 over two seasons at Ohio State after transferring from Georgia following his freshman year.

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NFL Insider John Clayton Mocks Alabama RB Najee Harris to Steelers

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NFL insider and Braddock-native John Clayton has weighed in on who the Steeler will select in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, believing the team has their eyes on a running back.

Joining The PM Team on 93.7 The Fan on Wednesday, Clayton shared he has Pittsburgh drafting Alabama running back Najee Harris with the No. 24-overall pick.

“Knowing the importance of the running game, and knowing that there’s change in offensive coordinators, change maybe a little bit in offensive philosophy, I could see Najee being that first-round pick.,” Clayton said.

Clayton added that Pittsburgh will have to be wary of the New York Jets, who are also in the market for a running back and select just one pick prior to the Steelers at No. 23.

Clayton is now the third analyst or outlet to mock Harris to the Steelers, joining Sports Illustrated and ESPN’s Todd McShay.

Harris was dominant during his senior campaign in Tuscaloosa, rushing for 1,466 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also improved his stock as a receiver, catching 43 passes for 425 yards and four more scores in 2020.

Not only did Harris win the National Championships with the Crimson Tide last month, but he was also named a unanimous All-American and awarded the Doak Walker Award as the nation’s top running back.

In selecting Harris, the Steelers would be adding a significant boost to their run game, which was the worst in football last season. Pittsburgh averaged just 84.4 yards per game and 3.6 yards per attempt in 2020.

While Harris would absolutely be an upgrade at the position, the improvements to the run game can not stop their. The Steelers need to replace and retool along the offensive line as well, which they will likely address at some point in the draft too.

The 2021 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday, April 29 in Cleveland.

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Sports Illustrated has Steelers Taking Alabama RB Najee Harris in Latest Mock Draft

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Sports Illustrated has released their latest mock draft, and has the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting Alabama running back Najee Harris with the No. 24 pick in the first round.

“Easily one of the best running backs in college football last year, Harris has shown that he can be an all-around back, catching the ball, blocking, finding open space and creating yards for himself,” SI’s Zack Patraw writes. “The Steelers haven’t had that kind of consistent runner since they let go of Le’Veon Bell.”

Sports Illustrated is the second outlet to mock Harris to the Steelers after ESPN’s Todd McShay did in early January.

Harris was tremendous during his senior season in Tuscaloosa, rushing for 1,466 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also improved his stock as a receiver in 2020, catching 43 passes for 425 yards and four more scores.

Not only did Harris win the National Championships with the Crimson Tide last month, but he was also named a unanimous All-American and awarded the Doak Walker Award for good measure.

In drafting Harris, the Steelers would be looking to bolster their run game, which was the worst in football last season. Pittsburgh averaged just 84.4 yards per game and 3.6 yards per attempt in 2020.

While Harris would absolutely be an upgrade at the position, the improvements to the run game can not stop their. The Steelers need to replace and retool along the offensive line as well, which they will likely address at some point in the draft too.

The 2021 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday, April 29 in Cleveland.

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