Pittsburgh Steelers: Najee Harris Highlights Major Improvements

The Pittsburgh Steelers came into this year’s draft with a lot of question marks, but drafting Najee Harris was a step in the right direction.

Harris was a tornado for Alabama football and will be a huge asset in the Steel City.

Pittsburgh needed a boost in their running game, especially with Anthony McFarland and Benny Snell, Jr. not cutting the cake.

James Conner also departed in free agency as he signed with the Arizona Cardinals.

Harris can be a playmaker out of the backfield and one the Steelers have needed since Le’Veon Bell disappeared in 2018.

Let’s check out the other reasons why the 2021 Steelers draft class can create big improvements.

Help for Big Ben

Pittsburgh also selected Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth in the second round of the NFL Draft.

The pass-catcher is 6-5, 260 pounds and will help the Steelers running game.

This is a move the Steelers needed because since Heath Miller left they really haven’t had a tight end they could get excited about.

Now that Ben Roethlisberger has another target that makes defenses think a little more about their coverages and so on.

Big Ben can opt to hand the ball to Harris and let Freiermuth block downfield. Or Ben can chuck it to Freiermuth and his receivers like JuJu Smith-Schuster and Chase Claypool.

Pittsburgh also added depth for the o-line by drafting Illinois lineman Kendrick Green and Texas A&M product Dan Moore, Jr.

Green is expected to be in line for the starting center position in Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, Moore could be battling Chuks Okorafor for the left tackle spot.

It’s presumed that Zach Banner is the starting right tackle, David DeCastro is the right guard, and Kevin Dotson is the left guard.

The Steelers needed a jolt of young energy and positive change, which they addressed with the draft picks they had in 2021.

Over the offseason Pittsburgh added a good mixture of experienced guys and young guns to improve the running game.

At this rate the only thing the Steelers really have to focus on next year is getting a franchise quarterback.

Boost for the defense

The Steelers selected defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk out of Wisconsin in the 5th round and Quincy Roche in the 6th round out of Miami.

Pittsburgh also took Oklahoma safety Tre Norwood and Texas A&M linebacker Buddy Johnson.

The Steelers have an aging Cam Heyward and not a lot of depth at linebacker.

Pittsburgh also declined the 5th-year option for safety Terrell Edmunds, which means he has to step up his game even more in 2021.

The Steelers needed to help their star defenders like T.J. Watt and Minkah Fitzpatrick and they did that.

In the future they should consider another cornerback, because Cam Sutton is getting more spotlight with Mike Hilton no longer in the Steel City. Joe Haden is also 32-years-old.

The Steelers aren’t perfect, but they did what they were supposed to do in this year’s draft.

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