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Pittsburgh Steelers draft review

Pittsburgh Steelers draft review

1 (10). Devin Bush, LB: 5-11, 234, Michigan

3 (66). Diontae Johnson, WR: 5-11, 183, Toledo

3 (83). Justin Layne, CB: 6-2, 192, Michigan St.

4 (122). Benny Snell, RB: 5-10, 224, Kentucky

5 (141). Zach Gentry, TE: 6-8, 265, Michigan

6 (175). Sutton Smith, OLB: 6-0, 233, Northern Illinois

6 (192). Isaiah Buggs, DT: 6-3, 306, Alabama

6 (207). Ulysees Gilbert, LB: 6-0, 224, Akron

7 (219). Derwin Gray, OL: 6-5, 320, Maryland

Grade: B+
If Bush works out as well as the Steelers’ last first-round trade-up target — Troy Polamalu in 2003 — this becomes an A-plus. He cost Pittsburgh a second-rounder and 2020 third-rounder but immediately fortifies a weak spot. The Steelers did well to add value elsewhere, including a crafty wideout (Johnson), a toolsy cornerback (Layne) and a pass rusher (Smith) who has 29 sacks since 2017.

Best pick: The Steelers’ defense hasn’t been the same without Ryan Shazier, but Bush should change things. He’s not quite as speedy as Shazier, but he moves plenty well and is instinctive and very physical for his size. He also has earned excellent reviews for his character.

Upside pick: Nobody will replace Antonio Brown, but Johnson has good speed, excellent quickness and some refinement as a route-runner. The Steelers have developed wide receivers better than anyone in recent years, so it would hardly be a shock to see Johnson shine.

–Field Level Media

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