The Pittsburgh Steelers started free agency off with a bang in 2022. Signing four free agents in the first two days has to be a record for this franchise. Now that some major holes have been filled, let’s look at five under the radar Steelers targets that still could come in free agency:
1. Jabrill Peppers – Safety
If the Steelers do not re-sign Terrell Edmunds, Jabrill Peppers would be a back up option at free safety. Peppers was a first round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2017. He was part of the infamous Odell Beckham Jr. trade which landed him in New York. Peppers has been solid, but not spectacular so far in his career. Coming off an ACL injury, he should come at a steep discount on a one year prove it deal. Peppers could end up being the steal of free agency at the safety position.
2. Takk McKinley – EDGE
The Steelers could really use a third edge rusher heading into 2022. Takk McKinley has been a bit of a bust since coming into the league in 2017. The former first round pick of the Atlanta Falcons has never recorded more than seven sacks in his five years in the NFL. McKinley is young (26), athletic, and inexpensive, all things we know Kevin Colbert loves in his free agents. This is a very real possibility later on in free agency for the Steelers.
3. Fabian Moreau – Corner
Sticking with our young, cheap, and athletic theme we present you Fabian Moreau. Moreau tested off the charts at the 2017 NFL combine. This included a blazing 4.3/40 yard dash. https://www.mockdraftable.com/player/fabian-moreau
Moreau was considered a lock first round pick until he suffered a torn pectoral muscle at his pro-day. He has a less then stellar career thus far in the NFL, but is coming off a solid year with the Falcons. This a corner with the size and traits that just might attract the Steelers.
4. Ronnie Harrison – Safety
Probably the number one need remaining for the Steelers after the first few days of free agency is safety. HarrIson’s strength is against the run, which would fit in nicely for this team’s needs. Not the most flashy safety out there, but a solid option for the Steelers if others fall through.
5. Jerick McKinnon – Running Back
When healthy, Jerick McKinnon is a dynamic running back who excels at catching balls out of the backfield. The “when healthy” part is key here unfortunately. McKinnon had a major knee injury that caused him to miss two full seasons between 2017 and 2020. Having said that, we got a first hand look at what he can do when the Steelers played the Chiefs in the 2021 playoffs. McKinnon ran for 61 yards, and caught 6 more passes for 81 yards and a touchdown in that game. His versatility would make him an excellent number two back behind Najee Harris.