NFL Draft 2017: 6 possible Pittsburgh Steelers 1st-round picks
The Pittsburgh Steelers, holding the 30th overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, have the most unclear positional needs for the selection that they’ve had going into the draft in years. Cornerbacks make more sense than quarterbacks, general manager Kevin Colbert said on Monday, but Pittsburgh could also use help at outside linebacker and even inside, where Lawrence Timmons left Vince Williams atop the depth chart.
With the NFL draft just two days away in Philadelphia, we present six draft prospects who could fall to the Steelers at No. 30.
Without the should injury that’s set to keep him off the field into training camp and possibly even the regular season, McKinley would likely be a top 15 pick. As is, he’s in play for a Pittsburgh defense that still really needs to replace James Harrison at some point.
And while the Steelers would probably prefer more immediate help, a rotation including some combination of Harrison, Anthony Chickillo and/or Arthur Moats on the right could make McKinley’s transition to the league make sense of Pittsburgh.
This has been a popular projection and with obvious reason: He was highly productive for the Crimson Tide, making 20 sacks in the last three seasons, and he physically fits the mold of a Steelers edge rusher at 6 feet, 4 inches while weighing 252 pounds.
Williams has also been charged with carrying a pistol without a permit and failed multiple drug tests at Alabama. That’s double-edged in that it can leave him on the board for the Steelers, yet might scare them away, too.