It’s time to talk draft Pittsburgh Steelers fans . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.
by Nat L. Faybian • Senior Writer • @natlfaybian • nlfmockdraft.com • March 15, 2019 • Update: April 8, 2019
From 1969 until the present day, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had three head coaches: Chuck Noll, Bill Cowher and Mike Tomlin. In this age of constant turnover and flavor-of-the-day, there is something refreshing about the way the Rooney family has been loyal to their coaches.
Since the NFL merger in 1970, the Pittsburgh Steelers have compiled a regular season record of 444–282–2 (.635). They have reached the playoffs 30 times, played in 16 AFC championship games, and won six of eight Super Bowls. Maybe there is something to be said for loyalty.
Randy Fichtner, OC since 2018, has been with the team since 2007; and Keith Butler, DC since 2015, has been with the organization since 2003. Look for this group to rebound from their “disappointing” 9-6-1 season.
2019 draft picks
*Indicates Compensatory Pick.
- Defensive Tackle
- Defensive End
- Inside Linebacker
- Running Back
- Wide Receiver
- Offensive Tackle
The Steelers’ offense averaged 26.8 points per game in 2018, which was tied for 6th in the NFL. Ben Roethlisberger finished his 15th season by throwing for 34 touchdowns and 5,129 yards – both career highs. Nearly half of Roethlisberger’s completions and passing yards went to Antonio Brown and J.J. Schuster-Smith. With Brown sent packing look for the team to grab a wide out in the draft. The departure of Le’Veon Bell to the Jets also hurts this offense. Do they have a legitimate replacement? OT Marcus Gilbert has missed significant time over the past three years. Finding his replacement might become a top priority. They only have one TE under contract, so they will sign or draft there too.
Currently, the Steelers only have three defensive linemen under contract, so look for them to add several players to the line via free agency or the draft. It’s been awhile since the Steelers had a top-notch corner, and this draft might be their opportunity where they can grab a starter. They might go shopping for an OLB and an ILB in the later rounds.
Prospects to watch
DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
Baker is one of the top seniors in this draft. He hasn’t given up a touchdown since the 2016 Liberty Bowl. He was a 2018 Consensus All-American and winner of the Jim Thorpe Award. He can do all the things you want a corner to do. He has good speed, smooth hips, and stays glued to his man. His transition to the next level should be one of the smoother ones.
Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
With the departure of Antonio Brown, adding a speedster would help stretch the field. Marquise Brown is said to run in the 4.3’s, but did not run at the Combine or at Oklahoma’s Pro Day. He is still recovering from a foot injury. He recently said that he expected to be on the field before the season begins. The shifty speedster would be a nice compliment to Schuster-Smith. Brown is considered a first round talent, but not working out could drop him into the second round.
Kingsley Keke, DE, Texas A&M
Keke has the size, speed, and power to play end in a 3-4. He impressed at the Senior Bowl with his ball get-off, showing good initial quickness. He uses his hand well to deliver a strong initial pop; has a nice shoulder dip; and has shown good closing speed for a big guy. He finished the season with six sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
Markeith Miller, RB, Mary Hardin-Baylor
Miller played for DIII National Champions Mary Hardin-Baylor. He saw limited action his freshman year, then ran for 4,501 yards and 65 touchdowns over the next three seasons. He’s a big-body, between-the-tackles style of runner. He’s got shifty feet and a good, patient, feel for finding the hole. He’d make a nice late-late round pick or UDFA. Miller was also a 2018 A.P. DIII All-American.
Players to Watch: WR Miles Boykin, Notre Dame; ILB Joe Dineen, Jr., Kansas; S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson; RB Travis Homer, Miami; ILB Gary Johnson, Texas; DE Charles Omenihu, Texas; and RB Mike Weber, Ohio State.
General Manager: Kevin Colbert | Head Coach: Mike Tomlinson | Offensive Coordinator: Randy Fichtner | Defensive Coordinator: Keith Butler
Recent Top Draft selections:
2018: R1 Terrell Edmunds S | R2 James Washington WR
2017: R1 T.J. Watt LB | R2 JuJu Smith-Schuster WR
2016: R1 Artie Burns CB | R3 Sean Davis FS
2015: R1 Bud Dupree LB |
R3 Senquez Golsen DB