Pittsburgh Steelers 2020 NFL Draft
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San Francisco 49ers 2020 NFL Draft Grade: “Moving and Shaking”
1 (14). Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
1 (25). Brandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona State
5 (153). Colton McKivitz, T, West Virginia
6 (190). Charlie Woerner, TE, Georgia
7 (217). Jauan Jennings, WR, Tennessee
The story of the 49ers draft can’t be told without all of their moves before and after they draft. They moved out a DT, WR, and RB, lost a star LT to free agency, and then brought in another in a draft day trade.
With all of the activity before and during the draft, the 49ers made two franchise changing moves in the first round. They had to make some moves to avoid the SuperBowl hangover, and did exactly that. They got younger and far cheaper at defensive tackle, without taking a step back talent-wise. They added a wide receiver that can be used all over the offense and on special teams.
Shanahan gets the most out of his wide receivers and running backs, and one has to wonder if they are going to churn out trades for each year like they this year.
Pittsburgh Steelers 2020 NFL Draft Grade: “All In”
2 (49). Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
3 (102). Alex Highsmith, LB, Charlotte
4 (124). Anthony McFarland Jr., RB, Maryland
4 (135). Kevin Dotson, G, Louisiana
6 (198). Antoine Brooks Jr., S, Maryland
7 (232). Carlos Davis, DT, Nebraska
With the Claypool selection, the Steelers are definitely going all in for Big Ben to close out his career. Claypool can be used both as a wide receiver and as a tight end, and will cause matchup problems for opposing defenses.
McFarland adds a speed element to their running back core, which they could use very much. It does have be addressed, that just after dealing with character problems that they got rid of that they brought on another one.
Dotson was a very undervalued prospect in this draft. Picking him up at 135 is probably their best value pick of the draft.
The Steelers, with limited draft picks, were probably smart not to spend one on a quarterback. But, that is going to be something they will need to address next year.
Pittsburgh Steelers 2020 NFL Draft: Last Year’s Draft:
1-10: Devin Bush, LB (Michigan)
3-66: Diontae Johnson, WR (Toledo)
3-83: Justin Layne, CB (Michigan State)
4-122: Benny Snell, RB (Kentucky)
5-141: Zach Gentry, TE (Michigan)
6-175: Sutton Smith, LB (Northern Illinois)
6-192: Isaiah Buggs, DT (Alabama)
6-207: Ulysees Gilbert III, LB (Akron)
7-219: Derwin Gray, (Maryland)
Pittsburgh Steelers 2020 NFL Draft: 2018 Draft
1-28: Terrell Edmunds, S (Virginia Tech)
2-60: James Washington, WR (Oklahoma State)
3-76: Mason Rudolph, QB (Oklahoma State)
3-92: Chukwuma Okorafor, T (Western Michigan)
5-148: Marcus Allen, S (Penn State)
5-165: Jaylen Samuels, RB (North Carolina State)
7-246: Joshua Frazier, DT (Alabama)
Draft Grade: Nasty with a Side of Huh?
Huge props for the Steelers to get out of their comfort zone and going to get the perfect prospect for their team. They needed a player with the exact skill set of Devin Bush, and they weren’t afraid to go get him. He is extremely physical and not only moves well forward, but moves sideline to sideline very well. They have needed a player like Bush for a few years now, and got him.
Skipping to their third round pick, Layne is another prospect that fits this team perfect. Their second major need was at corner, another position they just haven’t hit on. Layne is long and can cover any type receiver.
In the 4th round, they got another physical player in Snell that will complement their RB core very well. When they get the lead, this is the guy that can help close out games.
In between these excellent picks were some real head scratchers. Gentry is not only raw, he is ineffective in every way. There was a whole collection of tight ends that were better at this point.
Buggs just doesn’t have “it” when it comes to playing hard week in and week out. The opposite of a Steeler type player they are trying to gather.
GM: Kevin Colbert
Head Coach: Mike Tomlin
Offensive Coordinator: Randy Fichtner
Defensive Coordinator: Keith Butler
Offensive Scheme: Erhardt-Perkins
Defensive Scheme: 3-4