The Steelers have a lot of holes to fill thanks, in part, to Ben Roethlisberger’s contract. He did adjust the massive cap hit he was supposed to be due, but the team still had to part with some key players.
Notably, they are going to have three new starting offensive linemen this year after Maurkice Pouncey retired, Matt Feiler signed with the Chargers, and Alejandro Villanueva remains on the free-agent market. So, they could consider adding any offensive lineman here from Liam Eichenberg to Jackson Carman to Jalen Mayfield to Creed Humphrey.
However, the Steelers do seem confident in Zach Banner at tackle and they desperately need to upgrade their running game. Last year, the team was pretty exclusively limited to the short passing game because they couldn’t run the ball and Roethlisberger couldn’t throw the ball downfield consistently. That needs to change.
James Conner is gone and Bennie Snell, Anthony McFarland, and Kalen Ballage can’t be trusted as a solid committee. So, Najee Harris will draw consideration with this selection.
Harris posted back-to-back seasons with at least 1,224 yards on the ground and racked up 50 touchdowns during those two seasons. He greatly improved as a receiver in his final two seasons and looks like a true three-down back. At 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, Harris has the frame of a workhorse power back and could help carry the Steelers’ offense to new heights.
Maybe the Steelers will wait on an RB or maybe they like Travis Etienne better. But at this point, Harris is one of the better players remaining, so the Steelers will go for him at this point.