The New Orleans Saints have found a feature back in Mark Ingram. Ingram looked like he would slide out of the first round, marking the end of the single running back dominance in the NFL. The visibly relieved Ingram was moved to tears when he heard his name called.
Another running back filled with emotion when the pick was called was Reggie Bush. Not long after Ingram was selected, Bush used Twitter to let the world know that his time in New Orleans is likely up. That should automatically get the rumors started as to where Reggie Bush will end up next.
He is still too young to give up on being a feature back somewhere, but may need to prove his worth after coming off injury-riddled seasons. There will certainly be no shortage of suitors for Reggie Bush when/if he is no longer a Saint. So which team would need his services the most?
The Steelers have reportedly been looking into drafting running backs with break out speed and are best when used as a receiver. What current NFL running back fits that bill better than Reggie Bush? The Steelers reportedly have been looking into running backs like Derrick Locke and Da'Rel Scott in this year's draft and the thought is they will choose one.
The Steelers have begun their transition to a pass-first offense and could use a running back with a reliable set of hands a knack for running proper routes. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has been questioned for not running the ball as much as Steelers fans have become accustomed to. There is no argument from Steelers' brass that the team should move their focus on offense, however. Those strengths now are the feet and arm of Big Ben Roethlisberger and the sure hands of Mike Wallace, Hines Ward and the Steelers' youthful receiving unit.
The Steelers did not use their first-round pick to select a cornerback, a position widely believed to be their most pressing need. The Steelers may now not have the luxury of drafting a speedy running back later in the draft as they will have to focus on adding competition to an underachieving secondary.
That brings Reggie Bush back in to the conversation. Arians would love a player with Bush's skills to fit into his offense and the Steelers' passing game would certainly be better with him. Bush would be able to make Pittsburgh feel like home quickly, as one of his greatest highlights came at Heinz Field. Let’s not forget that Bush has already proven he looks good in Black and Gold.
Sure this is a lot of speculating, but there is no doubt that the Steelers will look to add a running back that is dangerous in the passing game. Mewelde Moore is on his way out and Reggie Bush will need a face lift for a career already on the downturn. If Bush is fine with taking a shorter contract to prove his worth for a contender, he could find a home in the Steel City.
What do you think Steeler Nation? Would Reggie Bush be a good fit for the Steelers? And would you even want him in Pittsburgh?