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NFL Draft HQ: Who Steelers might pick, position breakdowns, Kevin Colbert’s history

Frank Carnevale
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Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.
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Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert in 2017.

The Tribune-Review sports writers Joe Rutter, Chris Adamski and Tim Benz have dug into what the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking for in the 2019 NFL Draft, including who they might land. They also looked at all the top players available at each position.

The Steelers have 10 overall picks (three of the first 66), starting with the 20th overall in the first round, highest since they took Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier with the 15th choice in 2014.

Rutter, Adamski and Benz will have live coverage of the draft starting Thursday night. Follow them on Twitter at @TribJoeRutter, @C_AdamskiTrib and @TimBenzPGH.

The 2019 NFL Draft at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn, kicks off on Thursday at 8 p.m. and continues through Saturday.

MOCK DRAFTS

Joe Rutter Steelers mock draft: Need and opportunity meet in 1st round

Trading up in the first round so the Pittsburgh Steelers can snag an inside linebacker will require parting with one or more of their draft picks, depending on how high they improve from No. 20.
Predicting exactly which picks they will give up is an exercise in futility, much like trying to project which players they will land in each round. But, hey, we’re giving it a shot. Read more.

Chris Adamski Steelers mock draft: Top pick ticks every box

Thanks to trades, the Steelers have 10 draft picks. Assuming they use them all, 10 will be the most selections they have had since 2010.
Read more.

POSITION BREAKDOWNS

QUARTERBACKS

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Kyler Murray

Penn State’s Trace McSorley could face long wait at NFL Draft

It was setting up so perfectly for Trace McSorley. By returning for his senior season at Penn State, McSorley would avoid being lumped into the quarterback-heavy draft class in 2018 when four passers went in the top 10 and five went in the first round for the first time in two decades. Read more.

Steelers’ 3 best, 3 worst QB draft picks in Kevin Colbert era

RUNNING BACKS

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Miles Sanders

NFL Draft gives teams variety of options at running back

The low point for running back prospects came in the 2013-14 classes, when not one ball carrier was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in either year. Read more.

NFL Draft RB breakdown: Alabama’s Josh Jacobs likely 1st-rounder, but who’s next?

Steelers’ 3 best, 3 worst RB draft picks in Kevin Colbert era

WIDE RECEIVERS

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D.K. Metcalf

Early-round wide receiver picks become norm for Steelers

If it’s April, then the Pittsburgh Steelers must be planning their strategy on selecting a wide receiver in the NFL Draft.

Since Ben Roethlisberger was drafted in 2004, the Steelers have taken at least one wide receiver in 13 of 14 drafts. In nine of those 13 drafts, they addressed the position in the third round or higher. Read more.

NFL Draft WR breakdown: D.K. Metcalf has size, pedigree on side

Steelers’ 3 best, 3 worst WR draft picks in Kevin Colbert era

TIGHT ENDS

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T.J. Hockenson

Deep draft class for tight ends could tempt Steelers

Since Heath Miller retired after the 2015 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers have used the free agency and trade markets to replenish the tight end position. Could the draft be the avenue of choice in 2019? Read more.

NFL Draft TE breakdown: Iowa duo stands out above rest

Steelers’ 3 best, 3 worst TE draft picks in Kevin Colbert era

TACKLES

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Jawaan Taylor

Expect Steelers to stand pat at OT in NFL Draft

The Pittsburgh Steelers built up enough depth at tackle in recent years that they weathered extended absences by starter Marcus Gilbert the past two seasons. Read more.

NFL Draft OT breakdown: Florida’s Jawaan Taylor shows versatility

Steelers’ 3 best, 3 worst OT draft picks in Kevin Colbert era

GUARDS, CENTERS

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Cody Ford

Steelers unlikely to spend premium draft pick at center, guard

The last time the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted a guard was in 2012, when David DeCastro fell to them with the No. 24 overall pick.

The last time the Steelers selected a center was in 2010, when Maurkice Pouncey was the No. 18 player off the board. Read more.

NFL Draft C/G breakdown: Oklahoma’s Cody Ford top option

Steelers’ 3 best, worst G/C draft picks in Kevin Colbert era

KICKERS, PUNTERS

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Rashaan Evans

Steelers could look to kickstart special teams at NFL Draft

Coming off a season in which they each faced outsiders brought in to compete for their jobs, kicker Chris Boswell and punter Jordan Berry received financial votes of confidence from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Read more.

NFL Draft K/P breakdown: Experienced options available

Steelers’ 3 best, 3 worst specialist picks in Kevin Colbert era

CORNERBACKS

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Byron Murphy

With Artie Burns struggling, Steelers could choose cornerback in first round

Artie Burns had tears in his eyes as he stood at his locker after a Saturday practice in September, two days before the Pittsburgh Steelers would play their third game of the season. Read more.

Draft CB breakdown: Steelers could take shot at Byron Murphy

3 best, worst Steelers cornerback draft picks in the Kevin Colbert era

SAFETIES

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Taylor Rapp

Sean Davis might spur Steelers to draft safety

When the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Sean Davis in 2016, they were trying to get younger at the two safety positions, where the starters had a combined age of 60-plus years spanning the previous six seasons. Read more.

Draft safety breakdown: Rapp leads ball-hawking group

3 best, worst Steelers safety draft picks in the Kevin Colbert era

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

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Quinnen Williams

‘Historically good’ defensive lineman class could tempt Steelers on draft day

Few positions on the Pittsburgh Steelers offer as much stability as the defensive line.

While the Steelers have added first-round picks at outside linebacker, safety and cornerback in recent draft classes, in addition to signing free agents to fill other starting spots, they have maintained the status quo in the trenches. Read more.

NFL Draft DL breakdown: Alabama’s Williams highlights loaded bunch

Steelers’ 3 best, worst defensive line draft picks in Kevin Colbert era

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

Nick Bosa

If they follow pattern, Steelers will take OLB in 1st round of draft

It’s widely known the Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping to land one of the top inside linebackers with their first pick in the NFL Draft this week.

On the other hand, it’s an odd-numbered year, which means it should be time for the Steelers to take an outside linebacker with their top pick. Read more.

NFL Draft OLB/Edge rush breakdown: Nick Bosa, Josh Allen both top-5 locks

Steelers’ 3 best, 3 worst OLB draft picks in Kevin Colbert era

INSIDE LINEBACKERS

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Devin White

Steelers set sights on top 2 inside linebackers available in NFL Draft

General manager Kevin Colbert knows the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t adequately replace Ryan Shazier in the middle of the defense last season.

One peek at the record is affirmation. Read more.

NFL Draft ILB breakdown: Elite talent at top

Steelers’ 3 best, 3 worst ILB draft picks in Kevin Colbert era

A LOOK BACK AT PAST DRAFTS

Best 3 and worst 3 picks of the 2018 NFL Draft

Years from now, the 2018 NFL Draft could be remembered for myriad reasons. Maybe for a quarterback class that saw four taken in the first 10 picks and five in the first round. Maybe that Saquon Barkley became the highest running back selection in a generation and developed into a star (or didn’t). Read more.

Best 3 and worst 3 picks of the 2017 NFL Draft

It’s much too early, of course, to pass final judgment on the 2017 draft less than 24 months after it took place. But that doesn’t mean conclusions can’t be drawn. Read more.

Best 3 and worst 3 picks of the 2016 NFL Draft

A quick glance at the 2016 NFL Draft reveals what appears to be a predictable outcome: The top five picks and six of the first seven have made at least one Pro Bowl in their first three seasons, but only one other first-rounder has. Read more.

Best 3 and worst 3 picks of the 2015 NFL Draft

Though the story has yet to be completely written, the 2015 draft isn’t destined to be remembered as one of the NFL’s best. The Heisman-winning quarterbacks taken with the top two picks haven’t been awful, but perhaps the best you can say about them is they’ve been underwhelming. Read more.

Best 3 and worst 3 picks of the 2014 NFL Draft

Offensive players made up five of the top seven and eight of the top 12 picks of the 2014 NFL Draft. But it is defense that it will be known for. Read more.

TIM BENZ ON THE DRAFT

Tim Benz: The complicated road to Steelers drafting Devin Bush or Devin White

Every Steelers fan from Weirton to Wexford seems to have the same hope: Trade up to get a “Devin.” By now, you probably know that means either Devin White (LSU) or Devin Bush (Michigan). Both are inside linebackers. And there are the only two players on the board at that position projected to have great enough talent to potentially replace Ryan Shazier.

Read more.

Tim Benz: When will Steelers turn to offense in 2019 NFL Draft?

DraftWire’s Luke Easterling and Tim Benz talk about when in the draft it will make sense for the Steelers to think offense. Then we kick around some names the Steelers may try to obtain to offset the loss of Antonio Brown at wide receiver. Do the Steelers have an interest in either Ole Miss receiver or the Iowa tight ends?

Read more.

Tim Benz: A ‘dream big’ NFL Draft partner for Steelers

Looking for a trade partner in the NFL Draft to get the Steelers in position to seize LSU’s Devin White or Michigan’s Devin Bush?

This will work.

Well, it would for the Steelers anyway. Read more.

Tim Benz: These teams could steal Devin White, Devin Bush from Steelers at NFL Draft

So, who is going to mess this up for the Steelers?

During last year’s NFL Draft, it was Chicago, Tennessee and Dallas. They were the teams that nabbed the three first-round, pure inside linebackers that would have perfectly meshed within the defensive system in Pittsburgh. Read more.

Tim Benz: Steelers picking CB Rock Ya-Sin in 1st round would be mistake

For as great of a name as Rock Ya-Sin may be, I think it would sound a lot better if it is read during the second round of the NFL Draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as opposed to the first. Read more.

Tim Benz: Steelers won’t try to draft Antonio Brown’s replacement

The Steelers likely won’t replace Antonio Brown in this week’s NFL Draft.

Let’s be honest. They likely won’t ever replace him. Read more.

Frank Carnevale is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Frank via Twitter .

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