The Steelers need to keep several priorities in mind during the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are likely in the final year of the Ben Roethlisberger experience in 2021. That means the front office is going to want to go all-in for a Super Bowl.
But there are so many other positions in focus as the 2021 NFL Draft approaches. While Big Ben is back, the Steelers have dealt with several notable departures this offseason as well.
So what are moves that need to be made during the draft? Three priorities, in particular, stand out for the franchise.
3. Stockpile defensive backs
One of the biggest losses of the offseason was losing defensive back, Mike Hilton, to the Cincinnati Bengals. Then came the saga involving Steven Nelson where the team ultimately decided to release him. Just like that, two top corners were gone.
Joe Haden remains as the highest-paid player in the secondary, but he will be in a contract year. Are the Steelers comfortable with Haden and Cameron Sutton getting most of the work at corner?
Pittsburgh needs to make it a point to draft several defensive backs this year. They just have other needs in the first round, which we will get to later.
The team moving on from both Hilton and Nelson should indicate they wanted to save money and get younger at the position. Adding two or three defensive backs allows the Steelers to do so for cheap and potentially add the next Hilton without having to pay big money for the next four years.
Hilton himself was a bargain as he went undrafted in 2016 before eventually landing with the Steelers.