April 24, 2020
Pittsburgh Steelers team president Art Rooney II was not concerned about not having a first rounder. The Steelers have not participated in the 2020 NFL Draft yet, but their “spectator view” left them with plenty of options on Day 2.
All signs point to Jonathan Taylor being the favorite on Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert board for the 49th pick. They have virtually met with Tomlin multiple times and is one of the most NFL-ready players left in the draft.
Tomlin and Colbert both mentioned the team is not giving up on James Conner this season but did acknowledge the desire to see more success from the backfield.
The Steelers also sent many coaches and scouts to Clemson’s Pro Day before the NFL went into COVID-19 restrictions to get a good look at WR Tee Higgins.
There is a deep class of WR’s and the slide of Higgins in the first round allows them to add more depth to their already promising group and some extra help for a returning Ben Roethlisberger.
If the Steelers are considering Higgins, they are also thinking Michael Pittman Jr. Another big USC wide receiver that reminds you a lot of JuJu Smith-Schuster, who can play both inside and outside.
Pittman Jr. does not receive much criticism in his breakdowns, he simply just falls because of talent around him. His 4.52 40-yard dash hurt him in the eyes of scouts, but that does not always translate correctly to the NFL.
If the Steelers decide defense is the way to go, they will look to Zack Baun, OLB from Wisconsin. Baun plays off the edge – the primary need for the Steelers linebackers – but can move to the inside. Really, a do-it-all linebacker which is perfect for what they are looking for.