Now that the Steelers have selected outside linebacker Jarvis Jones in the first round of the draft, where do they go from here?
The top needs are, in no special order, running back, wide receiver, safety and inside linebacker, with offensive line and quarterback being depth needs.
There is still a lot of talent available at all of those positions, but particularly at WR, RB and safety, even though the safety position got hit harder than usual in the first round.
My top guys still available in no particular order would be:
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Giovani Bernard, HB, North Carolina
Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Jonathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State – even though it’s not a “need”
Robert Woods, WR, USC
Keenan Allen, WR, California
Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
Given that there are 10 players listed there and the Steelers pick at 16 in the second round, they should have a good shot at one or more of those listed when they make their second selection – given that there are several top players also available at non-need positions.
If I’m making the pick for the Steelers, I take somebody in the second round who scores touchdowns – ie. a receiver or running back.
The only way that changes for me is if Brown is still on the board. A defensive captain at Kansas State, Brown has been compared positively to Ray Lewis in terms of his leadership and sideline-to-sideline playing ability.
But if the Steelers were able to pull off taking Jones in the first round and taking, say, Hunter or Woods in the second, and Bernard, Franklin or Cyprien in the 3rd, I think fans would be ecstatic.
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