The Pittsburgh Steelers are now into the offseason, following a year in which they had high hopes for Super Bowl success, but ultimately fell short of even reaching the postseason at 8-8. It was a tumultuous season, both on the field and within the roster, and the months to follow figure to have some drama as well, especially in light of the team’s failure to improve upon the year before.
The team made some bold moves over the course of the past year, and some areas of the roster look quite a bit different than they did a year ago, or even at the start of the regular season. Whether due to injuries or otherwise, a lot has transpired, and we’re left to wonder how much more will change prior to September.
How will Ben Roethlisberger’s rehab progress as he winds toward recovery from an elbow injury that cost him almost the entire season? What about some of the key young players, some of whom have already impressed, others still needing quite a bit of growth? Will there be changes to the coaching staff? The front office? Who will they not retain in free agency, and whom might they bring in?
These are the sorts of questions among many others that we have been exploring on a daily basis and will continue to do so. Football has become a year-round pastime and there is always a question to be asked, though there is rarely a concrete answer, as I’ve learned in my years of doing this.
Question: Who is your current favorite target for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2020 NFL Draft following the Combine?
You may answer this question even if your favorite target is not a likely second-round target for the team’s top pick, though if you do answer with a third-round prospect or later, consider providing an answer for a second-round option as well. Also, please limit your answers to realistic ones. I think it’s safe to say Chase Young will not be on the board anywhere near where the Steelers will pick.
Now that the underwear Olympics is in the rearview mirror, we’ve cleared an important milestone in the offseason. In this particular year, the next milestone will actually be seeing whether or not there will be a new collective bargaining agreement, but soon after that will be the start of free agency, and after that, the draft.
The vast majority of players who end up being drafted are invited to the Combine, and the vast majority of those who are invited participate, so there is an exceptionally good chance that whomever the Steelers end up drafting with their highest selection will have been in Indianapolis and made some impression or another during that time.
Particularly for those who paid attention to the Combine, but also for those who largely did not, with that important landmark out of the way, what is your current top choice for the Steelers with their second-round pick? Is it different from what it was before the Combine, and if so, was the Combine the reason that your opinion changed?