Steelers Own 30th Overall Pick In 2017 NFL Draft

After losing Sunday night to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game, the Pittsburgh Steelers are now slated to draft 30th overall in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The last time the Steelers drafted 30th overall in the first round was in 2005 and it worked out quite well for them as that’s when they selected tight end Heath Miller out of Virginia.

Miller fell to the Steelers that year due to him failing to work out at the combine and his pro day due to a sports hernia. It was a gift that wound up delivering for the Steelers for over a decade.

With the future of current Steelers tight end Ladarius Green up in the air due to him having issues with concussions, one has to wonder if Pittsburgh would once again consider drafting another tight end late in the first round come April.

A few early mock drafts have the Steelers drafting Alabama tight end O.J. Howard in the first round and as we sit here in January, that’s fairly fathomable. The Steelers, however, could certainly use another young outside linebacker or two early in the 2017 NFL Draft.

We now have plenty of time to start looking forward to the 2017 NFL Draft and Alex Kozora will kick off our coverage Monday morning with a preview of the Senior Bowl. He will be in Mobile, Al all next week covering the annual event.

  • Jon Crissinger

    Much rather would have David Njoku at the 30th pick over OJ Howard if they go TE.

  • Mrs Bighead

    30th?! We won the Super Bowl!

    Oh there’s 32 teams…

  • Spencer Krick

    Best edge at 30 I guess.

  • steelersfan

    Not ready for the offseason

  • Neumann

    Hate to say it, but trade down deep corner draft.. secondary look horrible tonight

  • Jon Crissinger

    Need to double dip at edge and we need some outside corner talent to develop. Would want someone to bookend with Burns and kick Cockrell inside. Let him compete with Golson, if he ever plays a down.

  • BradleyT

    Need olb, DB, te, RB depth, maybe a late wr

  • Dan

    I’m going to the draft this year, so I’m pretty pumped. Would have preferred the #32 pick, but here we are.

  • Taylor Williams

    Another 1st round corner will still get killed by Brady. Cockrell and burns will continue to start.

    I’m more concerned about getting an edge rusher and Wide receiver.

  • Steel City Slim

    I think I’d pull out what little bit of hair I still have remaining on my head if they draft a tight end in the first round and don’t draft a pass rusher in the 1st round, and in the 2nd round a physical DB who can come up to the line and play the slot better than William Gay, a defensive lineman and another pass rusher in the mid rounds. CBS Sports has them taking Takk McKinley in the 1st round.

  • Laylo YNWA

    How about Bucky Hodges at TE?

  • Jeremy McClurg

    Top 5 Needs
    1. Outside Linebacker
    2. Defensive Backs
    3. Wide Receiver
    4. Backup QB – Future Starting QB
    5. Tight End

    One player I don’t think we can pass on if he magically falls to us is Reuben Foster

  • Jason

    of all the holes they have TE is not a win or lose hole, wait for the injured Jake Butt if go TE at any point

  • Jeremy McClurg

    Me too. Reminds me of Vernon Davis

  • Jeremy McClurg

    A tight end would help a lot with our struggles in the red zone

  • Austin Willie

    We need a edge guy or middle linebacker even tho Williams is next up

  • Austin Willie

    Oj is a extension of the oline he would help in the blocking game as well as passing oj is the next Great tight end

  • Austin Willie

    If you guys get a chance look at Charles Harris

  • Jon Crissinger

    Ravens will definitely take him if he falls. Especially with Zach Orr retiring.

  • T3xassteelers

    Foster is going top 10 100%.

  • T3xassteelers

    How about that OLB from Washington?? I’ve heard really good things about him.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I agree. If we can get Butt in like round 3 or 4, we can bridge the 1 year gap with Green/James/Grimble

  • Jon Crissinger

    I never say 100% on anything when it comes to the draft, until it happens. Plenty of players always drop for reasons unaware to us.

  • Ni mo

    No the roghtg calling would help

  • Ni mo

    They don’t need a wrz

  • Ni mo

    How about getting some cb Because gay and coclr socks

  • Ni mo

    Gholson lol

  • Ni mo

    They don’t need a wr

  • Frank

    Nice list, pretty much how I have it, OLB, TE, another Safety, a QB who can become a starter (not just a backup like L.Jones), & a late flier at WR. Hopefully M.Bryant will come back, he was sorely missed for this game. TE, I think they should cut their losses on L.Green, no disrespect, but concussions are no joke, & he’s had plenty of them & should get out of the game. Can never have enough good backups in the secondary, we need another S, see R.Golden today. CBs are good, especially if S.Golson comes back, plus J.Gilbert for another year.

  • Frank

    Yeah, I forgot RB, for depth. D.Williams is decent, but even he wasn’t available all year, & he’s like 34. We need a backup who’s reliable for when injuries happen, but also someone who can take 5-10 carries off L.Bell’s load per game, to keep him fresh long term.

  • John Pennington

    If Howard is there it will be hard to pass up when Green cant stay healthy he could play right away and help the team but draft defense from that point on at all positions please secondary help.

  • Frank

    I think the pieces are there in the secondary, the scheme did us in, you can’t zone NE & only rush 3, especially w/ out Cam Heyward. If you can, watch the 2011 regular season game @ Heinz vs. NE, they played man & won.

  • Jon Crissinger

    Yeah, I think he’s more a myth than a person at this point.

  • Rusted Out

    Too bad, it’s here if you’re a Steeler fan.

  • Rusted Out

    Hard to imagine that was 7 years ago… When will they learn?

  • VinHuddle

    That’s where I’m hoping they go, Sidney Jones, that is if there’s not an edge rusher that they’re excited about and then I’d still consider a good CB even if there is an edge still available. Cockrell and Gay are too much of a liability.

  • Aj Gentile

    If they talent is there I say edge rusher with the first two picks. It’s time to get that fixed. Also would like to see a slot Cb. Do you guys think we need another player who can play C/G late to replace Wallace?

  • CP72

    OJ Howard can block….no small thing to overlook. It’s like having Ladarius Green and Heath Miller in the same body.

  • CP72

    That’s putting a lot of faith into a guy that’s been suspended a few times.

  • NinjaMountie

    Honestly, not a huge fan of the idea of a first round TE. Howard is going to be good, don’t get me wrong but the only way I’d take him is if there isn’t a OLB, DL, DB or ILB there that isn’t a reach. Most likely OLB will not be there.
    James is improving, has improved and will improve more.

  • NinjaMountie

    Well, you have to go by who is left. There might not be an edge rusher there at that time that isn’t a huge reach.

  • Jon Crissinger

    Njoku is just so much more explosive as an athlete. He’s 245lbs, but it’s likely he has 40 inch vert, sub 4.6 40 yard dash, a huge broad jump. We’re talking Vernon Davis type of freak at tight end. Honestly, I don’t think we’ll even have a shot at him anyways.

  • Frank

    You would think they would have.