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Art Rooney II Highlights Key Area Steelers Need to Address in Draft

Isaiah De Los Santos
Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II highlights an area the team must address in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Pittsburgh Steelers owner Art Rooney II highlights an area the team must address in the 2021 NFL Draft. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers' offseason has been dominated by the future of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but with that situation finally resolved, the team can focus on building around him. Bringing back wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster was a start, but Pittsburgh could use additional weapons to depend on in case Roethlisberger's play continues to decline.

With that in mind, Steelers owner Art Rooney II has highlighted a key area for the team to address in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Rooney wants the organization to focus on fixing the run game in the upcoming draft. It makes sense, since the team ranked dead-last in total rushing yards (1,351) last season.

"Certainly, we don't want to see the Pittsburgh Steelers being last in the league in rushing again ever. I think it's something our coaches are focused on, and we'll be looking for ways to improve in the draft. It's something we've got to fix, and we are working on it."

Art Rooney II

Pittsburgh elected not to pursue re-signing James Conner in free agency, leaving Benny Snell Jr. as the current RB1, but he's still unproven and not likely ready to step in as a starter. With several veteran rushers remaining on the free-agent market, the Steelers could add depth through that avenue.

But, with the No. 24 overall pick, it sounds like Pittsburgh is looking to find their solution in the draft. Top options include Clemson's Travis Etienne and Alabama's Najee Harris, both of whom have the potential to instantly slot in as the team's starter.

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