In his latest 'mailbag' piece for Pro Football Network, NFL insider Tony Pauline gave some insight on who the Pittsburgh Steelers may end up taking with their first two picks in
next week's NFL Draft.
Since the Senior Bowl in January, Pauline has linked the Steelers to standout running back Najee Harris out of Alabama. In his mailbag piece, he reaffirmed this by stating that the team was "sky-high" on Harris, and noting their need for a no. 1 running back:
"Steelers desperately need a No. 1 running back. Harris fits the team’s identity, and the cupboard is bare on Pittsburgh’s type of ball carrier during Day 1 or 2, outside of Harris and Trey Sermon".
Pauline went on to list other names the Steelers could take 24th overall pick. One of the
names was standout offensive tackle Teven Jenkins out of Oklahoma State. The other was
offensive center Landon Dickerson, yet considering history season-ending knee injuries,
Pauline believes that he would be better suited at a day 2 prospect.
In his report, also he mentions Wisconsin-Whitewater offensive lineman Quinn Meinerz as a possible target for the 55th overall pick, if he is available. What is certain based on Pauline's report, the Steelers are seemingly making an emphasis on strengthening their run offense, which was by far the worst in the league NFL last season.
Though many have cautioned against investing in a running back in the first round, Harris' overall skillset makes him too desirable to pass up.