The Pittsburgh Steelers sit at 2-5 on the season and are staring ahead of arguably the toughest game of the season on Sunday in Philadelphia against the undefeated Eagles. The Pittsburgh Steelers are watching the 2022 season go by — and fast.
That has fueled some draft talk and speculation in recent weeks, as the Steelers find themselves with one of the worst records in football and currently place them in the top 10 of the scheduled 2023 NFL draft pick order, a spot where the Steelers since Former GM Kevin Colbert took over as President of Football Operations in 2000, picking Michigan State wide receiver Plaxico Burress 8th overall.
Chances are they won’t pick such a high wide receiver in the 2023 NFL Draft should they stay in the top 10 all season, rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett is having some growing pains adjusting to the NFL.
For now, though, it’s a bit fun to speculate on who might be the pick of the top 10 and what direction the team might go in terms of talent areas they might contribute to.
In the latest first-round mock draft from CBS Sports’ Josh Edwards, the Steelers dip their toes back in the water on the defensive side of football, complementing the defensive line with Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter’s pick for 5th overall.
“With all of the top quarterbacks off the board, there’s no awkward discussion that could have happened if one were available. It’s very early days and there hasn’t been enough time to give Kenny Pickett a fair rating, but at least the conversation needs to happen,” Edwards wrote of Carter’s Steelers pick for 5th overall. “Carter is the best player available and the Steelers would be wise to ditch the card rather than consider a potentially more important position like offensive tackle.”
Carter is widely regarded as arguably the best player in the draft, right there with Alabama EDGE Will Anderson Jr. Adding him to the Steelers’ defense would be a huge win for the black-and-golds after a tough season, especially if captain Cameron Heyward gets up in this one Larry Ogunjobi and Chris Wormley are getting old as free agents, and Tyson Alualu is likely to retire.
Of course, the Steelers could go free on the defensive line and potentially hunt down Javon Hargrave to bring him back to Steel City, but it would be hard to miss a talent like Carter or even Clemson’s Bryan Bresee at the top 10 of the NFL draft In 2023, the Steelers should vote that high and have a chance of picking either one.
The offensive line also makes a lot of sense in the first round, but since we’re sitting, not many offensive linemen can challenge Carter in the top half of the draft from a talent standpoint.