3 Players the Steelers Need to Avoid With Their Second-Round Draft Pick

By michael obermuller
Mike Tomlin and the Steelers brass should avoid these three prospects with their 2020 second round pick.
Mike Tomlin and the Steelers brass should avoid these three prospects with their 2020 second round pick. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images
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The Pittsburgh Steelers head into the NFL Draft with some huge decisions to make, and an unusually low amount of draft capital to make them. With only six total picks in 2020 as of now and no first-round draft picks, the Steelers' No. 49 overall selection in the second will become crucial.

When you consider that the franchise traded their 2020 first-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, Pittsburgh has now spent their top pick on a defensive player in seven consecutive years spanning back to 2013. First-round guard David DeCastro was the last offensive player drafted with the Steelers' top pick back in 2012.

The Steelers have commonly gone offense in the second however, with recent draft picks like James Washington and JuJu Smith-Schuster. In fact, Pittsburgh has selected a WR with its first second-round pick in each of the past three NFL Drafts.

So do the Steelers stick with this philosophy of finding offensive value in the second? Do they finally draft Ben Roethlisberger's successor at QB? Or do they continue to add to their defensive identity? Whatever they do, they should avoid these three prospects with their first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.

3. Cole Kmet, TE (Notre Dame)

This 2020 second is too valuable to use on a third tight end.
This 2020 second is too valuable to use on a third tight end. / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

I have not heard any Cole Kmet to Pittsburgh rumors, but his draft over/under has hovered just below the Steelers' No. 49 overall pick, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Some see the Notre Dame tight end as the next complete player at the position, and the Steelers have never shied away from guys who can block and catch. Heath Miller and Vance McDonald are recent examples of that. Even so, Pittsburgh is already stacked at tight end after signing Eric Ebron to pair with the aforementioned McDonald. They have too much cap invested in the position already to make an argument for Kmet.

2. Jalen Reagor, WR (TCU)

If the Steelers go wide receiver, they should look to replace JuJu, and Jalen Reagor does not do that.
If the Steelers go wide receiver, they should look to replace JuJu, and Jalen Reagor does not do that. / John E. Moore III/Getty Images

With the Steelers most recent higher draft picks at wide receiver being James Washington and Diontae Johnson, they don't need another smaller receiver like Jalen Reagor on the roster. Especially with grinder Ryan Switzer as a popular fixture in the slot for Pittsburgh. The better move would be to replace Smith-Schuster on the outside with a taller WR prospect, being that some rumors have the Steelers intending to let their WR1 walk during the 2021 free agency period. Reagor just doesn't make sense with Pittsburgh, but he'll be a popular weapon for many other franchises during the draft.

1. Jonathan Greenard, DE/EDGE (Florida)

The Steelers are all set on the edge right now.
The Steelers are all set on the edge right now. / James Gilbert/Getty Images

I have seen Jonathan Greenard as an option for the Steelers in some mock drafts, but I think edge rusher is one of the least pressing needs on the Pittsburgh roster, especially in a year where the edge draft class isn't as stellar beyond the top prospects. T.J. Watt has developed into an NFL star and Bud Dupree is franchise tagged for 2020. The two are both former first-round picks. Greenard is a nice player out of Florida who some even think could go much higher than 49th, but he doesn't help Pittsburgh win right now, and the window is closing.



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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael Obermuller also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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