Updated: Apr 6
The annual Reese's Senior Bowl has grown into an essential event for NFL teams to scout some of the top collegiate players, as possible NFL Draft prospects.
For the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Senior Bowl has been a staple of their draft process for the last five years. During that time, each of their draft classes has included at least one player from this event. In 2016, it was defensive tackle Javon Hargrave out of South Carolina State. Last year, they selected standout receiver Chase Claypool, who went on to become one of the top offensive rookies in the NFL.
This offseason for the Steelers, is slated to be one of their busiest in years. One such a task would involve rebuilding their offense, who has seen age and injury take its toll. Luckily for the Steelers, this year's group may possibly their best group ever. With this noted, here are three players who could end being drafted by this team in April.
OT Dillon Radunz
In general, the 2021 class should feature the most talented group of offensive tackles ever assembled, led by Outland Trophy and All-American, Alex Leatherwood out of Alabama. With all the attention surrounding Leatherwood, the Steelers may end up selecting Dillon Radunz out of North Dakota State. Radunz may not be from a Power Five conference, but similar to Kevin Dotson, he is as accomplished as any offensive lineman in this year's class. Perhaps the biggest reason for his appeal is because he of the position he plays, that being left tackle. For the Steelers, there is very little reason to believe they would be bringing back Alejandro Villanueva, after his performance this past season. Radnunz is the type of lineman that would be a great building block alongside Dotson on the offensive line.
EDGE Malcolm Koonce
When you think of the Buffalo Bulls, the first name that comes to mind is Khalil Mack. Since Mack, the Bulls program has produced some impressive defensive talent. One such a player is senior Malcolm Koonce. At 6'3, 250 pounds, Koonce is a long, athletic defender with a knack of pressuring opposing quarterbacks. In just six games last season, Koonce registered 30 tackles, 6.5 of them for loss, and five sacks. With the future of Bud Dupree in doubt, the Steelers could look to strength their depth at the EDGE position, which includes Alex Highsmith. Look for the Steelers to possibly take Koonce in the mid-rounds of this year's NFL Draft.
TE Quintin Morris
One of the most neglected position on the Steelers roster is at the tight end position. As it stands, they only have one active tight end on their roster, that being veteran Eric Ebron. Aside from Ebron, Vance McDonald officially retired, Zach Gentry has shown few signs of development, and Kevin Rader's ability to produce is questionable at best. Morris is one of those hidden gems, with an underrated offensive upside. His most notable season with Bowling Green came in 2019, when he registered 55 receptions for 649 yards and four touchdowns. At 6'4, 248 pounds, Morris has the ideal size that and playing style that could compliment Ebron nicely, if developed the right way.