3 Things the Steelers should do this offseason
As it stands right now, the Pittsburgh Steelers look to be headed for a major transition this offseason, as the team says goodbye to longtime stars Antonio Brown and Le'veon Bell. Luckily for the Steelers, they have a couple of young players (JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner) who seem capable of filling the gigantic shoes of Brown and Bell. In order to sustain the success they have achieved in the last decade and a half, the team must make shrewd moves this offseason, some more glamorous than others.
Bring in a new young receiver through the draft
General Manager Kevin Colbert has an uncanny ability when it comes to finding receivers in the draft as he has brought in Emmanuel Sanders, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Santonio Holmes, Plaxico Burress, Martavis Bryant, and JuJu Smith-Schuster during his tenure. This year's crop of receivers is incredibly deep, and the Steelers should capitalize upon it, especially after James Washington's disappointing rookie campaign.
Selecting a player like Ole Miss’s D.K Metcalf or N.C State's Kelvin Harmon in round 1 could be the move, or maybe waiting til round 2 to grab a player like Stanford's J.J Arcega-Whiteside or Ohio State's Parris Campbell. Either way the team needs to use their magic on a player in this year's draft, for as good as Smith-Schuster is, he cannot carry the passing game by himself.
Bring in a capable starting corner
Either through the draft or free agency the Steelers need to improve the cornerback position, as Artie Burns has been a bust to this point, and Joe Haden is soon to be on the wrong side of 30. With players like Washington's Byron Murphy, Georgia's DeAndre Baker, and Penn State's Amani Oruwariye projected to be available when Pittsburgh is on the clock at pick 20, the draft might be the best avenue to address the position. However, the team might consider bringing in a more proven commodity like Jason Verrett or Ken Crawley through free agency. Regardless, the organization should address the position in some manner.
Consider bringing in a long term solution at middle linebacker
As much as we want to see Ryan Shazier return to football, the likelihood of him fully recovering from his traumatic spine injury and then playing at a high level is minuscule. In the last couple of seasons the team has brought in short term fixes like Jon Bostic to fill the void left by Shazier, but this offseason they could consider adding a player with more upside, potentially Baltimore’s C.J Mosley through free agency or Michigan linebacker Devin Bush via the draft. Anyone with more upside than Bostic would fit this criteria, but stealing a player like Mosley from the ravens could be a boon for the team.