The Pittsburgh Steelers have all bit guaranteed us that they will take a quarterback in round one. The only mystery there is which of the five quarterbacks that they have thoroughly investigated will actually be the choice. The Steelers second round pick is much more interesting. Kevin Colbert could go in several different directions with this choice. With that said, lets try to guess this selection in five tries:
5. David Ojabo EDGE, Michigan:
David Ojabo was well on his way to becoming an early to mid-first round pick before he injured himself at his Pro-Day. Ojabo tore his Achilles in a non-contact drill during his workout. Doctors expect a full recovery, and in as little as six months. https://www.si.com/college/2022/03/19/david-ojabo-torn-achilles-michigan-pro-day-injury-2022-nfl-draft
The Steelers generally shy away from injured players this early in the draft. Pittsburgh could end up with a first round talent if they are willing to take the risk here. This team could absolutely use a third pass rusher to take some of the work load off of TJ Watt and Alex Highsmith.
4. Christian Watson WR, North Dakota St.:
This is the ultimate height/weight/speed prospect at the wide receiver position in the entire draft. Christian Watson tested off the charts at the NFL combine. Standing 6’4” and weighing in at 208 lbs, Watson ran an astounding 4.3/40 yard dash. His jumps were equally impressive landing a 38.5” vertical, to go along with a 136” broad jump. There are a few concerns with this players however. Watson is from a small school at North Dakota St. It will be hard to gauge his talent given the competition he played at that level. He did have a good showing at the Senior Bowl which should help his cause. Watson also had a high drop rate throughout his college career, something of a concern for evaluators. This is a bit of a long shot for the Steelers, but he does fit the athletic freak mold this team covets.
3. Jaquan Brisker S, Penn St.:
Perhaps one of the biggest needs on the roster at this point is strong safety. There is no starting caliber player on the team with exactly one week to go before the NFL Draft. Penn St. safety Jaquan Brisker would fit that role quite well for the Steelers. Pittsburgh sent Brian Flores to the Penn St. Pro-Day to check out Brisker, making him a strong candidate to be selected in the seconded round provided he is still available. There has been some first round buzz associated with this player.
2. George Pickens WR, Georgia:
One of the big clues of the connection between George Pickens, and the Steelers is the fact that wide receivers coach Frisman Jackson attended the Georgia Pro-Day. He only attended one other Pro-Day, that being SMU presumably to watch Danny Gray. Jackson personally put George Pickens through a workout, giving him a first hand view of the Georgia prospect. Given the fact that this team is almost guaranteed to take a receiver at some point in this draft, Pickens becomes the favorite at that position. Pickens is another bright/weight/speed prospect standing 6’3”, and running a 4.47/40 yard dash.
1. Lewis Cine S, Georgia:
The Pittsburgh Steelers love elite athletes, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Georgia safety Lewis Cine fits that mold at 6’2”, 200lbs, and running a 4.37/40 yard dash. The Georgia Pro-Day was one of the few where all the Steelers brass showed up for, but didn’t have a first round prospect at quarterback. Mike Tomlin, Kevin Colbert, and Brian Flores all were in attendance that day. Add it all up, and Lewis Cine is a very likely candidate to be the second round pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers.