NFL Draft, Day 3: Tight end could be atop wish list for Steelers
General manager Kevin Colbert said the Pittsburgh Steelers’ activity in free agency wouldn’t “preclude” the organization from targeting those positions – inside linebacker, wide receiver and cornerback – in the NFL Draft.
And that’s precisely what the Steelers did, trading up to get linebacker Devin Bush in the first round Thursday and then selecting wide receiver Diontae Johnson and cornerback Justin Layne in the third round Friday.
With those needs met, the Steelers are expected to turn their focus elsewhere Saturday when they hold six picks over the final four rounds.
The Steelers have one pick in the fourth round (No. 122 overall), one in the fifth (No. 155), three in the sixth (Nos. 175, 192, 207) and one in the seventh (No. 219).
The fourth round begins with the No. 103 overall pick.
Here is a look at some of the top prospects remaining at positions that could be atop the Steelers’ wish list Saturday:
Tight end: Foster Moreau (LSU) and Alize Mack (Notre Dame) made top-30 predraft visits to the Steelers, and this is noteworthy because Johnson and Layne also made trips to the South Side in the weeks leading up to the draft. Another possibility is Kaden Smith (Stanford).
Edge rusher: D’Andre Walker (Georgia), Shareef Miller (Penn State), Jordan Brailford (Oklahoma State). Brailford was a predraft visitor.
Safety: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (Florida), Amani Hooker (Iowa), Deonte Thompson (Alabama).
Running back: Rodney Anderson (Oklahoma), Travyveon Williams (Texas A&M), Bryce Love (Stanford), Justice Hill (Oklahoma State), Benny Snell (Kentucky).
Defensive line: Gerald Willis (Miami), Isaiah Buggs (Alabama).
Guard: Michael Jordan (Ohio State), Dru Samia (Oklahoma), Ben Powers (Oklahoma).
Inside linebacker (still a possibility in spite of the Bush pick): Mack Wilson (Alabama), Cameron Smith (USC), Te’von Coney (Notre Dame), Vosean Joseph (Florida), David Long (West Virginia), T.J. Edwards (Wisconsin).
Joe Rutter is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joe by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .