The Pittsburgh Steelers will head into Day 2 of the NFL Draft with two more draft selections, pick 55 in the 2nd round and pick 87 in the 3rd round. Based on the selections of Thursday night, the Steelers have a clearer outlook of what players will be available for them tonight. Here is projecting what they might do when they get on the clock.
Round 2 Pick 55 – Creed Humphrey, C Oklahoma
This is a no brainer for the Steelers since they just drafted Najee Harris in the 1st round. Their current center situation isn’t great and Humphrey would be penciled in as the Day 1 starter. Humphrey started 37 games in his collegiate career and could be the Steelers center for the next decade. As a former wrestler, he has great awareness to use his size and strength to his advantage when being locked up on the inside. He has excellent footwork and a great sense of when to work up to the second level. The only draw back to him is his limited arm length which allows longer defenders to get their hands on him first. I think center will be the pick in round 2 no matter what, it will just be a question of who is available between him and Landon Dickerson.
Other Players Considered: Samuel Cosmi T Texas, Dillon Radunz T North Dakota State, Quinn Meinerz C Wisconsin-Whitewater
Round 3 Pick 87 – Pete Werner, ILB Ohio State
This will be a pick to help the Steelers address athleticism at the linebacker position, something that was missed when Devin Bush went down with injury last season. Werner played in 39 games for the Buckeyes and started in 27, amassing 185 total tackles in his 4-year collegiate career. Werner was regularly tasked as being the athletic linebacker of the group lining up over tight ends or slot receivers. It is easy to see why looking at his explosive Pro Day numbers. 4.58 40-yard dash, 39.5″ vertical jump, and a 6.95 3-cone drill; all while measuring 6’2 7/8″ 238lbs. Werner could be someone who’s impact would immediately be felt on special teams and 3rd down sub packages. In a year or two he could develop into a regular starter opposite of Bush forming one of the more athletic linebacker duos in the NFL.
Other Players Considered: Baron Browning LB Ohio State, Aaron Robinson CB UCF, Tommy Tremble TE Notre Dame
Who will the Steelers draft on Friday night? Drop your predictions below!