Now that the NFL draft is over, it is time for teams to fill out their remaining roster spots. There are still several quality free agents left on the market. Most of them will be snatched up now that they will not count against the compensatory pick formula. Pittsburgh still has a few holes of its own on the roster that need filling. Here are ten post draft free agents the Steelers could consider signing in the coming weeks:
1. Jerrick McKinnon RB (30)
We are going to die on the Jerrick McKinnon to the Steelers hill this off-season. Five low cost free agents the Steelers could still be interested in He would make the perfect compliment to Najee Harris in the Pittsburgh backfield. McKinnon is an excellent reciever out of the backfield, as well as being a more than capable runner. The Steelers got a first hand look at that during the playoff game last season where McKinnon went off for 142 total yards.
2. Daryl Williams OT (29)
Williams is a massive tackle standing 6’5”, and weighing in at 327lbs. He has guard/tackle flexibility which should make him even more attractive to the Steelers. Pittsburgh is in need of a veteran swing tackle with Joe Haeg as the only option currently on the roster.
3. Jesse James TE (27)
That’s right, old friend Jesse James is still available as a free agent. The Steelers always break camp with three tight ends, and there is a serious lack of depth after Pat Freiermuth and Zach Genrty. The team is familiar with James, and he with them making this a very real possibility.
4. Zach Banner OT (28)
Yet another former Steeler still without a home, Zach Banner could easily find his way back to Pittsburgh. Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert clearly saw something in him that led them to give out that 2 year $10 million dollar contract in 2020. Maybe Banner isn’t worth that kind of money, but on a cheap one year deal he might make a lot of sense in the Steelers eyes.
5. Phillip Lindsay RB (27)
Philip Lindsay came out of the gate hot in his NFL career with back to back 1,000 yard seasons in Denver. Since then he has bounced around with three other teams without the same success. He is much smaller than the Steelers like their backs being only 5’7”. He is a tough runner however, and does possess elite speed being timed at 4.39/40. https://www.mockdraftable.com/player/phillip-lindsay Lindsay would be a nice addition to the track team this franchise is putting together on offense, along with being a great compliment to Najee Harris.
1. Fabian Moreau CB (28)
Moreau is a young, athletic corner coming off a pretty good season in Atlanta. Moreau was believed to be a sure fire first round pick after killing the combine in 2017. A torn pectoral muscle during his Pro-Day caused him to fall all the way to the third round unfortunately. This would be a “bet on traits” guy that could fill out the Steelers corner back room.
2. Anthony Barr LB (30)
Anthony Barr is a little older than the Steelers like their defensive free agents. He is however the prototypical height/weight athlete this team likes at outside linebacker. Barr has the flexibility to play inside or outside linebacker, something that might interest the Steelers quite a bit. This four time Pro-Bowler might be looking for a bigger contract, and more significant playing time than Pittsburgh is willing to offer. They should keep a close eye on how long this player stays on the open market. The longer Barr is out there, the more likely is to take a one year team friendly deal.
3. Kevin King CB (27)
Kevin King has the athletic traits this team loves. He scored a near perfect 9.94 RAS score coming out of the University of Washington. The former Packer has had his struggles in the NFL, but could be a worthwhile flier for the Steelers. We have real concerns about this position, and adding another experienced boys to compete can only help in the long run.
4. Donta Hightower LB (32)
As a rule, the Steelers like their defensive free agents to be under 30. In this case however there is a lot to connect the two parties. Pittsburgh almost signed Hightower a few years back before he ultimately re-signed with New England. Add that to the fact that new defensive coach Brian Flores is very familiar with the player, and it is easy to see a path for Hightower to come in and compete for a job.
5. Takk McKinley EDGE (26)
Takk McKinley has struggled to live up to his first round draft status. He has never managed double digit sacks in his career in Atlanta and Cleveland. Still only 26 years old, there may be some opportunity for improvement here. The Steelers did have him in for a visit before the draft in 2017, so there was interest at one time from Pittsburgh. McKinley is exactly the type of post draft free agents the Steelers look for.