The Pittsburgh Steelers own the No. 24 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. They struck gold at that spot in 2012 and hope to do so again tomorrow night.
Nine years ago, Pittsburgh took Stanford offensive lineman David DeCastro at that spot. All he’s done is make six Pro Bowls, three All-Pro teams and remain a fixture with the franchise to this day.
The Steelers can only hope that whoever they draft on Thursday has even close to that type of impact. According to the latest report from Pro Football Talk, the team is focusing on two options: Alabama running back Najee Harris and Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins.
“A source with knowledge of the dynamics driving the 2021 draft tells PFT that the Steelers are expected to take Harris or Collins, if either is there,” PFT’s Mike Florio wrote Wednesday morning.
Harris, the consensus top back in this year’s draft, has been a popular pick for the Steelers in various mocks. Most recently, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler went with the Crimson Tide star when it was his turn to pick during last night’s NFL Nation Mock Draft.
My Steelers pick for the ESPN NFL Nation Mock Draft…Najee Harris, RB, Alabama pic.twitter.com/cyGtcqWvcl
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) April 28, 2021
Harris fills an obvious need for Pittsburgh after the departure of James Conner. As for Collins, he projects as a solid piece to add to a well-stocked Steelers linebacking corps that also included T.J. Watt, Devin Bush and Vince Williams.
Of course, Pittsburgh could throw everyone a curveball and go in an entirely different direction at No. 24, especially if they like Florida quarterback Kyle Trask as much as has been suggested.
We’ll find out in about 36 hours.
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