15 Players the Pittsburgh Steelers Should Target on Day 3
The Pittsburgh Steelers will look to continue a solid draft on Day 3 after getting an outside linebacker, running back and wide receiver in the first three rounds.
The team still has holes to fill, and there are plenty of quality players to be had in the final four rounds of the draft.
Here are 15 players that the Steelers should be looking at on Day 3 of the 2013 NFL draft.
Jesse Williams, NT, Alabama
Although the Steelers signed Steve McLendon to a three-year contract, there are still question marks about the future of the defensive line.
Brett Keisel and Ziggy Hood are in the last years of their contracts, and there is a chance the team could look to move McLendon to defensive end.
For that to happen, the Steelers would need to draft a guy like Jesse Williams who could come in and plug the middle at nose tackle.
Nico Johnson, ILB, Alabama
The Steelers did bring back Stevenson Sylvester. However, no one knows what the team is going to get from players like Sean Spence, Brian Rolle and Marshall McFadden.
Obviously, Larry Foote is not the future at inside linebacker for the Steelers, and I think Nico Johnson would be a nice fit for the defense.
Johnson isn’t the fastest linebacker, but he brings good instincts to the position and is a very good tackler.
Vince Williams, ILB, Florida State
Vince Williams has gone from an unknown to a potential second-round pick to being a virtual unknown again.
I don’t even remember the last time I heard someone mention Williams since he wasn’t even invited to the NFL Scouting Combine.
If the Steelers could get Williams sometime on Day 3, I believe they could be getting a potential starter down the road if he's allowed to develop.
Duke Williams, S, Nevada
The Steelers still need to address the safety position at some point in this draft after losing Will Allen and Ryan Mundy to free agency.
Robert Golden and Da’Mon Cromartie-Smith are nice young players on the roster. However, the Steelers could bring in competition at the position.
Duke Williams would be able to contribute on special teams early and develop behind some of the best in the game in Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu.
Shamarko Thomas, S, Syracuse
Shamarko Thomas is one of my favorite players still left in the draft, and he would be a future starter at the position for the team.
The depth issues that the Steelers have right now at the safety position have been well documented, and starters Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark are on the wrong side of 30.
Thomas may be sliding because he doesn’t have the ideal height you normally want from a safety, but I just feel he's going to be a very good player in the NFL.
Sanders Commings, CB, Georgia
The Steelers seem to be set at the cornerback position for the 2013 season, with Ike Taylor, Cortez Allen and William Gay slated as the top three guys.
Behind those three, however, there are questions about the development of Curtis Brown and what the team really has in guys like DeMarcus Van Dyke and Josh Victorian.
Sanders Commings is one of my sleeper picks in this draft and a guy that I think could become a solid No. 3 corner in the league.
Michael Williams, TE, Alabama
Even though I believe there is a good chance the Steelers stand pat with the tight ends on their roster, I would love to see them take a shot at Michael Williams on Day 3.
I have been very high on the Alabama tight end, and I think he is a better offensive weapon than most give him credit for.
The real reason I would draft him, though, is the fact that he is one of the best blocking tight ends in this draft, which is something the Steelers really need at that position.
Alex Okafor, OLB, Texas
The Steelers already beefed up their pass rush by drafting Jarvis Jones in the first round, yet I don’t know how you pass on Alex Okafor if he is still there when they pick on Day 3.
Okafor’s stock seemed to rise late in the draft process, and at one point, he was thought to have a shot at being drafted in the first round.
The pass rush needs to be better going forward, and Okafor would definitely be the best available player for the Steelers.
Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
I had Jordan Poyer being off the board by this time, so if the Steelers got him in the fourth round, I think it would be a good pickup.
Poyer is one of the last corners left in the draft that I could see developing into a starter in the NFL, and the Steelers only really have William Gay and Curtis Brown as backups.
The team will have a decision to make with Ike Taylor after this season, and I really don’t want to see William Gay starting again.
Chris Faulk, OT, LSU
Since the Steelers elected not to go in the direction offensive line early, it’s time for them to at least come away with some depth on Day 3.
Honestly, they need backups at every offensive line position, and they could start at tackle with a guy like Chris Faulk.
Faulk may never become a starter for the Steelers, but I think he would be a solid backup tackle and someone who could play in case of injury.
Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
Barrett Jones seems to be a perfect player on the offensive line for the Steelers to try and select on Day 3.
Jones has had experience playing almost every single position on the offensive line, which would help the Steelers, who seem to lose linemen to injury pretty much every season.
Rodney Smith, WR, Florida State
Markus Wheaton gives the Steelers some more speed at the receiver position, and Rodney Smith would give Ben Roethlisberger a big target.
Smith isn’t the fastest receiver out there, but he would be the tallest receiver on the roster and would brings good hands to the table.
Joe Kruger, DE, Utah
Most of the defensive linemen on the roster are set to be free agents after this season, so I see the Steelers taking a guy to develop at some point.
Joe Kruger is the exact type of defensive end the Steelers love to take late, allow to sit for a while and then turn into a quality starter down the road.
Earl Watford, G, James Madison
I was the one riding the first-round offensive lineman train for the Steelers before the draft started, and I still believe they will select a lineman before it’s over.
Earl Watford would give the Steelers depth at the guard position, and I think he could develop into a decent starter for the team if given a chance to develop.
Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee
Although I am not the biggest fan of the team drafting a quarterback in this particular draft, I do think there is a possibility they could grab one late.
Especially considering how far all the quarterbacks have fallen to this point, I could see the team taking a shot at Tyler Bray to just sit and learn behind Ben Roethlisberger for years to come.