Now that the first round of the 2013 NFL draft is in the books, it is time look ahead to day two and who the Pittsburgh Steelers might consider drafting in rounds two and three on Friday.
The selection of Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones now means that we can safely scratch that position off of the needs list. The Steelers are expected to draft a wide receiver and a running back at some point during the draft, and I suspect at least one of those positions, if not both, are addressed in the next two rounds.
Only three wide receivers were drafted in round one so that means Justin Hunter, Robert Woods, Keenan Allen and Stedman Bailey are still on the board. Both Hunter and Woods would be the two I would consider the favorites for the Steelers in round two should either continue to fall.
As far as running backs go, none were selected in the first round so that means Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin remain potential targets. I do not expect Lacy to remain on the board much longer, however, but Franklin could possibly be there come time for the Steelers to select. Do they have a second round grade on him? Christine Michael and Le\’Veon Bell remain options for the third round quite possibly, but several expect a run of running backs to start. Will either last to the Steelers pick in the third?
Inside linebacker might be considered an outside option in round two as Arthur Brown, Manti Te\’o and Kevin Minter all remain on the board. Te\’o? Yikes!
As far as safeties go, Jonathan Cyprien is really the only legitimate candidate to be drafted in round two and Phillip Thomas, in my opinion, is a third round prospect.
Tight end wise, Zach Ertz remains undrafted, but I have a feeling that changes before the Steelers are even on the clock in round two. I really don\’t think that he would be the pick anyways.
As far as defensive ends that could play in the 3-4, Cornellius Carradine would be a prospect to be taken in round two. He is coming off of knee surgery and really is a great kid.
Offensive linemen? Barrett Jones could very well be there in the third round and he can play both center and guard. You can likely throw Khaled Holmes into that range as well.
That is quick and dirty look at the Steelers day two prospects and I invite you to add some additional names in the comments.