Once again, the Steelers find a value receiver in the second round of a draft. Figures,” Reuter writes.
Getting a receiver of Jefferson’s caliber in the second round of this draft is a big steal for the Steelers in this hypothetical draft, giving them a dynamic game-changer on the outside. That Jefferson pick combines well with the franchise left tackle and then the franchise running back the Steelers landed in the third round of Reuter’s exercise.
Is that running back? Current Browns star Nick Chubb is ranked 84th overall.
Chubb is a three-time Pro Bowler and has rushed for 4,816 yards and 53 touchdowns in his career with the Browns, making him one of the best running backs in the NFL to date.
“Seeing Chubb in a Steelers uniform might make Cleveland fans cringe, but Pittsburgh would love his combination of speed and power.”
Pittsburgh would certainly love the talent Chubb has at the running back position. He is an elite combination of speed and power, one of the best talents at the position in the NFL today.
Then, the Steelers followed up the offensive hot streak with a defensive move, placing current Tennessee Titans deep Kevin Byard in the fourth round at No. 109 overall, passing current Steelers deep Minkah Fitzpatrick at the draft position, according to Reuter.
Pittsburgh then closed the exercise with current Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky in the fifth round, 2022 second overall pick Aidan Hutchinson, a quarterback, in the sixth round, and cornerback Rasul Douglas in the seventh round.
Overall, not a bad move by the Steelers, although the quarterback position certainly leaves some question marks for the Steelers with them waiting so long in the workout to get one. Nothing against Trubisky, but in a mock draft exercise with all 32 starters available, one would expect the Steelers to end up in a much better situation than this.
However, it’s all hypothetical, and with three franchise building blocks in Williams, Jefferson and Chubb destined to win now, it’s a solid haul overall.
Elsewhere in the AFC North, the Browns signed Stafford, wide receiver Keenan Allen, running back Montez Sweat, safety Javon Holland, offensive tackle Kolton Miller, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and kicker Justin Tucker.
The Bengals signed Taylor, quarterback Kirk Cousins, deep end Derwin James, edge rusher Trey Hendrickson, corner Stephon Gilmore, wide receiver Hollywood Brown and center David Andrews.
Baltimore landed Adams, quarterback Jalen Hurts, corner Xavien Howard, defensive lineman Leonard Williams, running back Shaq Barrett, deep Tyrann Mathieu and offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins in the workout.