Welcome to the Pittsburgh Steelers Big Board Series! Over the next few days I’ll be creating big boards for each round of the NFL Draft the Steelers have a pick in. I’ll then discuss these players, among other draft notes, on my podcast. You can find the Simon Shortt Podcast on Apple and Spotify. With that, let’s get to the Pittsburgh Steelers Big Board!
We are now in late Day 3 of the NFL Draft and the Steelers have three picks. They have one in the sixth round and two in the seventh.
When it comes to guessing these late Day 3 picks/building a big board, finding players who participated in an All-Star Game is very important. There is less of a track record of late round picks being seen at Pro Days by positional coaches. Therefore All Star games are where Pittsburgh gets an eye on these guys.
With that said let’s check out the Pittsburgh Steelers Big Board Round 6!
- 1. Cade Mays OL, Tennessee – a versatile and nasty offensive lineman, Mays played all five positions in his time in college. With good size, length and versatility he can be an adequate backup lineman. Was the Senior Bowl
- 2. Dare Rosenthal OT, Kentucky – a physical specimen at 6’7, 290 pounds (dropped some weight for the combine), Rosenthal is a raw OT prospect. Has all the tools and traits you want, and showed plenty of flashes at Kentucky. Underclassman so no All-Star games but Brandon Hunt was at his Pro Day
- 3. Andrew Stueber OT, Michigan – great size and length at RT with experience at RG as well. A good run blocker because of his length and footwork. Had technique to clean up to handle speed rushers but would be a good developmental tackle Day 3. Was at the Senior Bowl
- 4. Cordell Volson OT, North Dakota State – a mauling tackle/guard from NDSU, Volson has a lot of experience playing at the top of the FCS. With experience at both tackle and both guards spots, he’d be a great versatile backup option for the Steelers. Was at the Shrine Bowl
- 5. Charleston Rambo WR, Miami – Rambo doesn’t have elite size or athleticism, but is a smooth route runner with the ability to get open. Had a breakout season this year for Miami after transferring from Oklahoma. Feels like there’s still potential to be tapped. Was at the Shrine Bowl
- 6. Thomas Booker DL, Stanford – an experienced defensive lineman who has played all spots along the line, at 6’3, 300pounds he’s the right size for Pittsburgh. Good baseline of skills but could use more time to develop as rotational player. Was the the Shrine Bowl
- 7. Chase Lucas CB, Arizona State – Lucas is a good all-around corner that lacks the elite size or speed that would make him an earlier pick. With good instincts, technique and willingness to tackle, Lucas can come in an make a roster as a special teamer and compete for time on defense. Was at the Shrine Bowl
- 8. Jeffrey Gunter EDGE, Coastal Carolina – with good physique and power Gunter can be a rotational pass rusher from the start. Has the size and strength to also develop into a strong run defender as he receives more coaching. Was at the Shrine Bowl
- 9. Christopher Hinton DL, Michigan – ideal size for a Steelers defensive lineman, and from Michigan where the team is familiar, Hinton has NFL bloodlines from his father playing in the league. Primarily a run-down defender, he does have experience in multiple parts of the line. Would be a fine rotational player on early downs. Underclassman so not at an All-Star game
- 10. Yusuf Corker S, Kentucky – a safety who can play both free/deep and down/in the box, Corker has good coverage instincts and a strong willingness to tackle. Does have to clean up technique when it comes to tackling in order to be effective, but has the willingness and traits to do it. Was at the Senior Bowl
Notables Left Off
Some names I left off this list were Micheal Clemons, Daniel Wright, Otito Ogbonnia, Leon O’Neal Jr, and Smoke Monday for not attending All-Star Games. Some others considered that were All-Star Games were Kalon Barnes, Jaylen Watson, Marquese Bell and Bubba Bolden.
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