The 2019 NFL Draft is here

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    [url=]Derwin Gray Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey[/url] , and according to fans the team’s biggest need is by far at inside linebacker.”WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Latest NewsSteelers Film Room2018 NFL Draft AnalysisLatest NewsLatest NewsAccording to fans, the Steelers biggest need in the 2019 NFL Draft is at ILBNew,44commentsThe 2019 NFL Draft is here, and according to fans the team’s biggest need is by far at inside linebacker.EDTShareTweetShareShareAccording to fans, the Steelers biggest need in the 2019 NFL Draft is at ILBMatthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsThe 2019 NFL Draft is upon us, and fans of every NFL franchise are giddy with anticipation of who they will bring in as new talent. While many pour over endless mock drafts looking at specific prospects with a fine toothed comb, others prefer to just look at positional needs.For the Pittsburgh Steelers and their fan base [url=]Derwin Gray Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey[/url] , it has essentially been a question of which position is a top need for the black-and-gold. Inside linebacker?Cornerback?Wide Receiver?Recently SB Nation’s FanPulse asked Steelers fans what they thought, and the response was pretty obvious. 61% of voters saw the inside linebacker position as the biggest need for the Steelers moving forward, with cornerback coming behind in second.What might have been the most shocking when looking at the results of this survey were how few fans thought wide receiver was the team’s biggest need. I get how the thought of wide receiver trumping inside linebacker, a position of need since Ryan Shazier’s traumatic injury in 2017, might sound odd, but the team is now having to replace Antonio Brown’s 15 touchdown receptions he hauled in 2018.Everyone has their guess as to who, or what position [url=]Derwin Gray Jersey 2019[/url] , the Steelers will target in the first round of the draft, but their free agent acquisitions of Donte Moncrief, Mark Barron and Steven Nelson have given them a tremendous amount of flexibility on their roster. In other words, they aren’t pigeon-holed into staring at one position or prospect, but can see what their board looks like when it is their turn to pick 20th overall. That is, if they remain at 20th and don’t trade out of that spot, but that is another story altogether.What say you? What is the Steelers’ biggest need heading into the draft tonight? Let us know by voting in the poll below [url=]Cheap Derwin Gray Jersey[/url] , and letting us know why you voted which way in the comment section below! The Pittsburgh Steelers need a wide receiver, but what if there isn’t a need for them to do so early in the NFL Draft?”In my previous article, I made the case for not drafting an inside linebacker early in the 2019 draft. For many fans, they see the Pittsburgh Steelers as having a glaring need at wide receiver. I get it; the team parted ways with one of the best wide outs in the NFL, but that does not mean the team needs to jump into the waters and snare a replacement in the first or second round.Pittsburgh would have to have a massive hole at wide receiver for the team to use huge draft capital in the first or second round. This is not the case.As things stand, the team has five wide outs who will make the opening day roster of 53.Something crazy and very serious would have to happen in the next four months for JuJu Smith-Schuster not to be the team’s No. 1 wide out.The competition that will arise in the offseason for the No. 2 wide receiver spot will have Steelers fans fixated. Free agent acquisition, Donte Moncrief was brought in on a two-year $9 million deal to play. What will his role be? Fans may not know that answer until late August. He showed in 2015 with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck at the helm what he can produce. In the seven games Luck was in [url=]Benny Snell Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey[/url] , Moncrief amassed 32 receptions for 351 yards. Over a 16 game span, he would have averaged 802 yards on 73 receptions. Moncrief put up pedestrian production with two poor quarterbacks in Jacksonville last season. (48-668-3) Could he replicate or surpass the total in an offense that passes the ball as much as the Steelers do?James Washington, the Steelers 2019 second-round draft choice had a horrid year. In 14 games in 2018, he amassed a mere 16 catches while taking part in 47 percent of the offensive snaps. Was his 42 percent reception rate because of not having continuity with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, was he unable to acclimate to the transition from college to the pros or did Pittsburgh flat out blunder the draft pick? Moncrief is not making so much money this season that Pittsburgh will not give Washington every opportunity to win the #2 wideout spot or at least see plenty of playing time. It is hard to imagine that Pittsburgh would give up on Washington after just one season and bury him deep on the depth chart.Eli Rogers will not be a wide receiver who stuffs the stat sheet on Sundays. He is a security blanket for Roethlisberger. Can he be replaced? Absolutely he can. With Smith-Schuster being used out of the slot and the position historically not seeing large sums of targets and production, would it make sense to draft his replacement in the first couple of rounds?While Rogers was battling back from his torn ACL, Ryan Switzer filled in. Switzer chipped in for 36 receptions for 253 yards on 302 snaps. Just like Rogers [url=]Benny Snell Pittsburgh Steelers Jersey[/url] , Switzer is not flashy. Some fans grumble about his special team’s production. Just like his receiving ability, his return ability will not get him to the Pro Bowl. That being said, he was twelfth in the NFL in kick return average (20.2 yards) and thirteenth in punt return average (8.4 yards.). Looking through the college stats of the wideouts projected in the first two rounds, there does not appear to be any with vast kick and punt return experience.Washington’s rookie season and his poor performance can’t be glossed over but his college pedigree can’t be ignored either. Moncrief when healthy and playing with great quarterback play, has shown potential for large numbers. Neither one of these players should be stymied due to bringing in a first or second-round pick that could hinder their potential. Rogers has shown chemistry with Big Ben in big games which were seen in the Week 17 Cincinnati Bengals game last season and the Jacksonville Jaguars playoff game the season before. Switzer is a tick above being an average punt and kickoff returner and adds depth at the slot position.Simply put, where is the glaring need at wide out this season to use high draft capital on?

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