For some on this career, it is all the time NFL Draft season. Final week, a pretend seven-round Professional Soccer Community draft landed Alabama Steelers cornerback Ga’Quincy “Kool-Support” McKinstry with the thirteenth total decide. This week, the Steelers teased taking Ohio State WR Emeka Egbuka in the identical spot (reverse Tremendous Bowl odds order lands the Steelers at 13) in a simulation of a barely tamer spherical by Ian Valentino. Watching the receiver might make slightly extra sense for Pittsburgh than the final effort.
“Egbuka is a dynamic highway runner who can play each inside and outdoors, however his velocity and spatial consciousness would assist take that passing recreation to the following degree greater than some other prospect on set,” Valentino writes in his evaluation of the fictional choice.
Egbuka is a reputation that stood out in Jaxon Smith-Njigba’s absence final season for the Buckeyes as Smith-Njigba struggled with accidents for a lot of the season. He took benefit of the additional time by turning into certainly one of CJ Stroud’s favourite targets, passing 74 passes for 1,151 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Egbuka has the choice to play inside or outdoors which might be a welcome addition on this situation. Diontae Johnson and George Pickens will definitely be on the roster in 2024, however the unknown merchandise of Allen Robinson II and Calvin Austin III within the slot are what creates probably the most intrigue for the Steelers at place in 2024. The 444 snaps Egbuka has performed within the slot (232 away) in 2022 in keeping with Professional Soccer Focus are notably attractive as a result of it is the one offensive ability place for Pittsburgh that has an necessary query mark. After all, if Robinson or Austin is the reply to the query, that turns into a moot level.
Deeper within the dialogue is the truth that the Steelers shall be searching for explosive level guards to encompass Kenny Pickett as he develops within the years to come back. Whereas producing his weapons is his duty, Johnson should discover the tip zone in 2023 after posting a goose egg in that stat field final 12 months, Pickens should develop as a extra full receiver, and the duo of Robinson and Austin should present the Steelers offense with a further outlet within the center as Freiermuth continues to rise as a revered tight finish possibility. If any of these efforts do not materialize in 2023, the Steelers might take into account including to the receiver corp in the course of the early levels of the 2024 NFL Draft.
After all, with the 2023 season but to kick off, it is arduous to think about what the Steelers will actually need in subsequent 12 months’s draft, however hypothesis remains to be one of the crucial enjoyable components of the draft. A lot of the fan base, myself included, could be fairly shocked to see the Steelers draft as much as 13 in subsequent 12 months’s draft with no important variety of accidents or trades. Moreover, the necessity for children on the defensive position and a long-term reply to the middle linebacker place is certain to be on the want checklist of many Steelers followers come April.
Elsewhere within the simulation, Caleb Williams lands within the deserts of Arizona with the primary total decide as Kyler Murray is shipped off in a commerce. Within the AFC North, the Baltimore Ravens get UCF CB Decorian Patterson at 24 and the Cincinnati Bengals get Oklahoma OT Tyler Guyton.