Who Will Be Left For The Steelers At 49th Overall?

CBS Sports NFL Draft guru provides insight & predictions

Matt Koll
April 22, 2020 - 11:17 am
Clyde Edwards-Helaire of LSU

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- It's almost here.

As the NFL Draft draws nearer and nearer, the speculation has ramped up as to who and where the Steelers could go with their first pick of the draft, in the 2nd round at 49th overall.

CBS Sports NFL Draft expert Ryan Wilson joined The Fan Morning Show Wednesday and laid out what position the Steelers should be looking for and who will most likely be available. 

"I think you look at wide receiver and running back first. I think the offensive tackle draft class drops off after the first five or so names. So if you're looking at 49, maybe you like that person but do you love them to come in and contribute right away? Probably not. 

One of my favorite guys is Clyde Edwards-Helaire out of LSU. He's 5'7", he's a little bowling ball but he caught I think 58 passes from Joe Burrow last year. That would be a huge advantage with what we saw last year when James Conner got hurt and that's not Benny Snell's game, catching the ball out of the backfield. Not only that, Edwards-Helaire is also an amazing running back so he adds that versatility that was lacking last year." 

Wilson has done other mock drafts in the past where he has the Steelers taking running back Jonathan Taylor out of Wisconsin instead. So, if it came down to either one, where should the Steelers go?  

"I'm not sure if Taylor is going to be there. There's a bunch of teams above the Steelers at the start of Round 2 that need running backs and Taylor's got a first round grade along with DeAndre Swift (Georgia). In terms of measurables, he compares to Saquon. He is not Saquon Barkley but he runs incredibly hard, he's a big, strong, fast guy. He's getting better as a pass catcher, he had some fumbling issues last year but those don't really concern me. But he's a home run hitter. 

Me personally, I honestly think I'd lean towards Edwards-Helaire because of that versatility and he also offers you something in the return game that Taylor doesn't."        

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Wilson believes with a deep wide receiver class, the Steelers could also land a wideout in the 2nd round that could contribute right away. He says like the offensive line group, the edge rusher class drops off after the first few prospects and the only guy that would be worth taking if he slid into the 2nd round would be Terrell Lewis from Alabama. But even Lewis has some injury concerns.  

He also thinks that the Steelers could still go with a receiver in the 3rd round even if they take a running back in the 2nd round. 

"I think if someone like Van Jefferson, the wide receiver out of Florida is there late in the 3rd round and he very feel may not be, I think you jump on him. He is that good. He's the second-best route runner in this class behind Jerry Jeudy. His dad's a coach and he does everything right."

He also names edge rushers Alex Highsmith out of Charlotte & Trevis Gipson out of Tulsa as guys who are very athletic that the Steelers could mold in Round 3. He also loves Akeem Davis-Gaither out of Appalachian State as a linebacker that can move all over the field that might be worth taking a flyer on in that spot.     

You can hear plenty more Steelers draft nuggets in the entire interview with CBS Sports' Ryan Wilson on The Fan Morning Show, below. 

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