When it comes to the NFL draft, everyone has an opinion about which prospects can help his or her team best. And philosophically, franchises take very different approaches as to how they draft.
Some teams approach the draft as the first and foremost way to fill spots on their roster. If they think their team needs a wide receiver, that “need” moves to the top of the line. Other teams approach the draft based on the best player available. This means the choice might not play right away but is considered to be be more talented than the other players available.
When teams draft for need, fans often say they have “reached” for a prospect, and when they draft best player available, fans complain that their team missed out on a player who can help now.
The Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves in a position where they have some significant and identifiable needs on both sides of the football. If this team is hoping to turn around a two-season slump, this draft needs to focus on needs and getting players who can get onto the field early.
Here are five positions of need, and five first-round options who can come in and start early and contribute.