2021 NFL Draft
Devin Bush has helped turn the Steelers defense elite. What does Pittsburgh have up their sleeve during the 2021 NFL Draft? (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Steelers might just be in the weirdest spot of any contending team in the NFL. The Steelers got off to such a hot start in 2020 that they could convince themselves they can compete. At the same time, this roster needs to be replenished. Let’s head inside the war room to see what’s next for Pittsburgh during the 2021 NFL Draft.

  • First Round – 24th pick overall
  • Second Round –23rd pick in round (55th pick overall)
  • Third Round – 24th pick in round (87th pick overall)
  • Fourth Round –23rd pick in round (128th pick overall)
  • 35th pick in round (140th pick overall – compensatory pick)
  • Sixth Round – 32nd pick in round (216th pick overall – from Tampa Bay via Jerald Hawkins trade)
  • Seventh Round – 18th pick in round (245th pick overall – from Miami via Minkah Fitzpatrick trade)
  • 27th pick in round (254th pick overall – from Baltimore via Chris Wormley trade)

The Steelers suffered a number of departures this offseason. Losing Bud Dupree is an enormous blow. I don’t care what anybody says, counting on Alex Highsmith can’t be your solution. If Azeez Ojulari is on the board, the Steelers have to consider it.

Ojulari was a ferocious pass rusher at the University of Georgia. He single handily won their Bowl game over Cincinnati creating havoc on every snap. Ojulari is quick off the edge and could be the perfect compliment opposite of TJ Watt. It’s something the Steelers and Kevin Colbert and probably thinking about.

In the second round, it’s time to sure up the offensive line. Both Pouncey brothers retired this offseason. The Steelers haven’t found their replacement at center either. Would Creed Humphrey be a possibility in the second round? Humphrey is Steeler tough and comes from a wrestling background. Someone like this would go a long way to beefing up this offensive line.

Pittsburgh lost Steven Nelson and Mike Hilton this offseason. Adding another corner in the middle rounds sounds like a smart proposition. Pick your poison, Pittsburgh. Whatever corner you like in those middle rounds, take your shot.

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