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    2020 Draft Prospects Thread

    The most glaring positions that need to be tracked for prospects are(in no particular order):

    Safety- Davis in his contract year. Edmonds, Kelly, and Dangerfield round out this group. (As of week 1 2019)

    TE- McDonald and a bunch of guys that need to be upgraded. (As of week 1 2019)

    OLB- Dupree and Chickillo are not expected back for 2020. Watt, Ola, and Skipper(R) are all that remains.

    OL- Aging OL always in need of fresh recruits to keep the OL strong.

    Post some of your favorite 2019 college football players that could/should be on the Steelers draft prospect radar. All positions.

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    Re: 2020 Draft Prospects Thread

    The player for whom I’d trade a bunch of picks to acquire is:

    Grant Delpit, S, LSU

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    The draft now has become less exciting. Now it's down to which WR will be picked in round 2, maybe which project they take with their round 3 comp pick and who are the practice squad guys they take with the rest

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    Re: 2020 Draft Prospects Thread

    The Steelers rarely pick early enough to get a top rated edge or monster DL prospect anyway. Round 2 still has high quality OL and those elusive TEs.

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    Re: 2020 Draft Prospects Thread

    Justin Houston was a R2 pick.
    Yannick Ngakoue was a R3 pick.
    Danielle Hunter was a R3 pick.
    Carl Lawson* was a R3 pick.

    *He’s habitually injures; so, I’m not sure he’s the best example.

    SUMMATION:
    An edge rusher can still be acquired in next year’s draft.

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    Re: 2020 Draft Prospects Thread

    Only thing hurts losing a first round pick is the discussions of the pro day visits and circling the likely prospects to be used day one.

    For an edge rusher to watch for day 2, or rounds 2-3 is Kenny Willekes from Michigan State. Productive player, already with 17 totals sacks in his career. Last season he had 20.5 tackles for loss. He's a RS senior.
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    I watched the Washington-Oregon game this weekend. It was an OL showcase game. Washington's C Nick Harris, and Oregon's C Jake Hanson and LG Shane Lemieux are 3 players worth looking at for OL prospects. I have not had the chance to see Wisconsin and their C Tyler Biadasz play. Biadasz is the top rated IOL by pretty much every draft site so he will probably be gone by round 2. But still worth keeping an eye on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tube517 View Post
    Let's suppose we get that 3rd round comp pick

    We'd have

    2nd round ( a high round two pick Miami's )
    A 3rd round comp pick ( at the end of round three, say pick #98-102 )
    4th round
    5th round
    6th round
    7th round

    The steelers may end up with just 1 pick in the top 100.

    Round two will be the key. You can get a good NFL Back, maybe one of the top 2-3 RB's on the board. Conner, I love the guy and his story, but he's too injury prone to be counted upon and doesn't look like the same player. Round two could be sent on a running back. There is usually good value at ILB, WR, and DT/NT in round two as well.

    And I'd give it all up all of our picks for Joe Burrow at QB. That guy is going to be special. Then spend the rest of the money we would have spent in the draft on free agency to fill holes. Of course I think what we have is not enough to trade for him!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Six Rings View Post
    Let's suppose we get that 3rd round comp pick

    We'd have

    2nd round ( a high round two pick Miami's )
    A 3rd round comp pick ( at the end of round three, say pick #98-102 )
    4th round
    5th round
    6th round
    7th round

    The steelers may end up with just 1 pick in the top 100.

    Round two will be the key. You can get a good NFL Back, maybe one of the top 2-3 RB's on the board. Conner, I love the guy and his story, but he's too injury prone to be counted upon and doesn't look like the same player. Round two could be sent on a running back. There is usually good value at ILB, WR, and DT/NT in round two as well.

    And I'd give it all up all of our picks for Joe Burrow at QB. That guy is going to be special. Then spend the rest of the money we would have spent in the draft on free agency to fill holes. Of course I think what we have is not enough to trade for him!
    If you are looking at a RB in round 2 in 2020 it will probably have to be Bama's Najee Harris. He is the only one of the top10 RBs that fits the Steelers draft mold. I think we are happy at RB enough with Conner, Samuels, Snell, and Edmunds that this will not be a position of importance or need with the round 2 pick. Plus I think the early round 2 pick gets used to move back into the 1st round.

    If this early rd 2/rd 1 pick is indeed used on an offensive weapon(Michael Pittman Jr) I would think it is most likely going to be one of the 3 Bama WRs Jeudy, Ruggs, or Smith. I could see an all out coaches trip to Tuscaloosa again this offseason for the Alabama pro-day.

    This is not as bad a year for QBs as some have proclaimed either.(I really like this QB class) There are actually many pro-style college QBs available in this draft that could fall all the way into the 3rd/4th round. I honestly believe the Steelers count on Ben for the next 2-3 years and have Rudolph, Hodges, and Lynch sitting there as quality backups. Lynch is the only one with a 5th year option. Everyone should go look at some tape on Jordan Love at Utah State.

    I think I lean more at the early picks being spent on inside OL prospects this draft. Why else was it so valuable to spend the 1st round pick on a (great) trade in a season with no Ben available? OL prospects will drop to the 2nd round outside of the top 3 LTs most likely. Wisconsin's Tyler Biadasz is this year's Quentin Nelson. And he could fall to round 2 easily.

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    Re: 2020 Draft Prospects Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Born2Steel View Post
    If you are looking at a RB in round 2 in 2020 it will probably have to be Bama's Najee Harris. He is the only one of the top10 RBs that fits the Steelers draft mold. I think we are happy at RB enough with Conner, Samuels, Snell, and Edmunds that this will not be a position of importance or need with the round 2 pick. Plus I think the early round 2 pick gets used to move back into the 1st round.

    If this early rd 2/rd 1 pick is indeed used on an offensive weapon(Michael Pittman Jr) I would think it is most likely going to be one of the 3 Bama WRs Jeudy, Ruggs, or Smith. I could see an all out coaches trip to Tuscaloosa again this offseason for the Alabama pro-day.

    This is not as bad a year for QBs as some have proclaimed either.(I really like this QB class) There are actually many pro-style college QBs available in this draft that could fall all the way into the 3rd/4th round. I honestly believe the Steelers count on Ben for the next 2-3 years and have Rudolph, Hodges, and Lynch sitting there as quality backups. Lynch is the only one with a 5th year option. Everyone should go look at some tape on Jordan Love at Utah State.

    I think I lean more at the early picks being spent on inside OL prospects this draft. Why else was it so valuable to spend the 1st round pick on a (great) trade in a season with no Ben available? OL prospects will drop to the 2nd round outside of the top 3 LTs most likely. Wisconsin's Tyler Biadasz is this year's Quentin Nelson. And he could fall to round 2 easily.
    Interior OL and DL would be a great use of draft picks in 2020. Both need restocked.

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    I'm interested in the WR prospects and TE prospects that will be available in the 2nd round, pass catcher is easily the weakest point. I'd also strongly consider O-line, there has been CLEAR regression without Munchak and with what is clearly a downgrade in o-line coaching they can no longer get away with elevating lesser talent at o-line, they need better prospects

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    Quote Originally Posted by teegre View Post
    The player for whom I’d trade a bunch of picks to acquire is:

    Grant Delpit, S, LSU
    This didn’t age well.

    Did he even play against ‘Bama? If he did, I didn’t notice. I’m so glad that we got Minkah instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Born2Steel View Post
    If you are looking at a RB in round 2 in 2020 it will probably have to be Bama's Najee Harris. He is the only one of the top10 RBs that fits the Steelers draft mold. I think we are happy at RB enough with Conner, Samuels, Snell, and Edmunds that this will not be a position of importance or need with the round 2 pick. Plus I think the early round 2 pick gets used to move back into the 1st round.

    If this early rd 2/rd 1 pick is indeed used on an offensive weapon(Michael Pittman Jr) I would think it is most likely going to be one of the 3 Bama WRs Jeudy, Ruggs, or Smith. I could see an all out coaches trip to Tuscaloosa again this offseason for the Alabama pro-day.

    This is not as bad a year for QBs as some have proclaimed either.(I really like this QB class) There are actually many pro-style college QBs available in this draft that could fall all the way into the 3rd/4th round. I honestly believe the Steelers count on Ben for the next 2-3 years and have Rudolph, Hodges, and Lynch sitting there as quality backups. Lynch is the only one with a 5th year option. Everyone should go look at some tape on Jordan Love at Utah State.

    I think I lean more at the early picks being spent on inside OL prospects this draft. Why else was it so valuable to spend the 1st round pick on a (great) trade in a season with no Ben available? OL prospects will drop to the 2nd round outside of the top 3 LTs most likely. Wisconsin's Tyler Biadasz is this year's Quentin Nelson. And he could fall to round 2 easily.
    How can the Steelers be Happy with Conner? He's dinged up or hurt, and fumbles. Conner, even when healthy has had a below par season. Samuels is a good pass catching back, not but an every down back. Snell, I think isn't starting material. We need a dynamic back with power and speed who catch the ball. A high 2nd round pick can get that type of player.

    There is no more " Steeler back " the NFL has changed. The best " Steeler back " we have in the eyes of what Fans call Steelers backs is Snell.

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    Re: 2020 Draft Prospects Thread

    I’m looking at pass-rushers.

    Dupree could be gone and/or a one-year wonder. Chickillo is replaceable. Olaqwerty is a good story, but he’s shown nothing... and, he’s ended up on IR two years in a row.

    Alex Highsmith, OLB, Charlotte
    Small school player who can flat-out create havoc. He played well against Clemson.

    Patrick Jones, OLB, Pitt
    Local kid. Good motor. Good pass-rusher. He’ll at least get a “local” visit before the draft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teegre View Post
    This didn’t age well.

    Did he even play against ‘Bama? If he did, I didn’t notice. I’m so glad that we got Minkah instead.
    I agree we can move Safety down the board now. With Minkah and Terrell starting the Safety roles are pretty much set for the foreseeable future. Not sure what happens with Davis after this season but with Hilton and Sutton we have a solid nickel/dime grouping. Still, if THAT guy drops...

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    Re: 2020 Draft Prospects Thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Six Rings View Post
    How can the Steelers be Happy with Conner? He's dinged up or hurt, and fumbles. Conner, even when healthy has had a below par season. Samuels is a good pass catching back, not but an every down back. Snell, I think isn't starting material. We need a dynamic back with power and speed who catch the ball. A high 2nd round pick can get that type of player.

    There is no more " Steeler back " the NFL has changed. The best " Steeler back " we have in the eyes of what Fans call Steelers backs is Snell.
    I think I said the Steelers are happy ENOUGH with the RB stable to drop the position below 1st thru 3rd round priority. Of course if the right guy falls in their lap they have to consider it. But the Steelers definitely have a ‘type’. The selections of Rainey and Archer style RBs just don’t work within the scheme it seems. Snell fits the Steeler mold. The only guy(today) that is considered a 1st two days RB in the Steelers mold is Harris from Alabama. I’ll stick by that assessment until the Steelers FO changes that pattern. Currently all of the Steeler RBs are in that 6’-6’2” @ 220-235lbs range. They have drafted smaller backs but I would be a bit shocked if they drafted a small RB early in the 2020 draft.

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