As the 2017-18 NFL season ended, a new season began right before our own eyes. Some teams need all the help they can get, and others can get by with what team they had last season. The Pittsburgh
Steelers came up short in the AFC Divisional Game, with a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 45-42. To be possible Super Bowl LIII contenders, here are a list of things they should do:
1A. Re-sign/Franchise Tag Running-back Le’Veon Bell
Approximately half of the Steelers offense is run through Bell. He is one of the best running backs (if not the best) in the game today. He’s young (26 years old), very
dynamic, and he takes some pressure off of Big Ben, Antonio Brown, and the rest of the offense. Letting him become a free agent
would be a huge mistake. No one can replicate what does Bell does for the Steelers. Sure, he may get hurt and have been suspended a few times, but he is the
best option for the Steelers at running back.
1B. If they don’t re-sign Bell, focus on drafting a Running-Back in the Upcoming NFL Draft
RB – Derrius Guice, LSU RB Ronald Jones, USC RB Sony Michel, Georgia
If the Bell option falls through, the Steelers should draft a running back instead for signing a free agent.
Running Back Options:
Derrius Guice, LSU: – A Power and Speed Back that can fit the Steelers’ scheme.
Saquon Barkley, Penn State – An all-around dynamic back that can do everything. He will not fall out of top ten of the NFL Draft.
Ronald Jones, USC – A small speed back. Might not be an every-down back but will contribute to the offense.
Sony Michel, Georgia – An explosive and speed back who could fall to the Steelers in the second round
Nick Chubb, Georgia – Power back who is also an every-down back
Kerryon Johnson, Auburn – Great skill set that could compare to Bell (in my opinion).
2. Draft Players In This Year Draft
Steelers Team Needs: (ILB, QB, CB, Safety)
Possible Draft Picks:
ILB – Rashaan Evans, Alabama
Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State
QB – Josh Allen, Wyoming
Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State
Lamar Jackson, Louisville
Luke Falk, Washington State
Riley Ferguson, Memphis
J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
Austin Allen, Arkansas
Brandon Slivers, Troy
CB – Mike Hughes, UCF
Carlton Davis, Auburn
Donte Jackson, LSU
Isaiah Oliver, Colorado
Safety – Ronnie Harrison, Alabama
Marcus Allen, Penn State
IF the Steelers re-sign Bell, they also need to draft quality players to fill in holes on their team. EVERYONE needs to stay healthy. If so, the Steelers could be competing again for Super Bowl LIII.