Discussion in 'The Bill Nunn Draft Room' started by Chucktownsteeler, May 8, 2023.
Way to early to tell, but my thoughts are positions of need:
7. CB (Slot)
But honestly it all changes over the course of a year. You don’t know who will leave, retire, or how injuries will affect the roster. You also don’t know who will step up.
Agree. What we think is a relative strength ends up being a weakness. It's hard to say what will happen.
Too early as many have said. However, for me, I have three positions. They are as follows (per order of what Andy Weidl/Omar Kahn have shown us thus far with the 2023 Offseason Haul):
1.) Defensive Line:
Cameron Heyward clearly is approaching the end sadly. I have no doubt that a Gold Jacket is in his future. However, should he last one more season, in addition to the likes of Benton and Leal, give him another student for him to teach. Furthermore, continue to beef up the Defensive Line.
Ah yes.... arguably my favorite position in the NFL as a whole (I wonder why!! ) and one of major need for the Steelers. While I can imagine that Keanu Neal is fine for some occasions, he is not going to be the long term starter here. Best to acquire one this time around.
Many would argue ILB and that is also a very compelling argument. However, given how Mason Cole will be entering the final year of his contract next season, why not have a player who can be groomed to become the next potential Steelers Great at a position that has had an excellent track record since Chuck Noll took over; 7 Centers starting for the Black 'n' Gold in that time span I believe and three being HOF players (Maurkice Pouncey being HOF number three).
This will all change based on how free agency plays out. Khan isn’t afraid to go after a player he likes. I could see us making a big splash in DA next year as we will have less needs to fill but should still have room under the cap. It just depends on three factors:
1. what positions is the draft strong in.
2. What positions are strong in Free Agency.
3. Position needs on the team.
I do agree that there are needs at the following positions as of right now:
Young Stud DL to groom behind Heyward. A Slot CB. A cover Inside Linebacker. A young Safety alongside Minkah and a Center to groom behind Cole.
We will probably need to fill one of those positions if not two in FA next year. We will also have to plan for a RT and WR replacement if we don’t resign Chuks or Dionte as I believe they will be going into their last year on their contract.