Best pick: Devin Bush, Jr. (LB, Michigan)
Questionable pick: Zach Gentry (TE, Michigan)
Sleeper pick: Justin Layne (CB, Michigan St)
The long search for a speedy linebacker in the mold of Ryan Shazier is over with the selection of Michigan standout Devin Bush, Jr.. Pittsburgh moved up ten spots in order to take Bush but with Devin White already off the board and several teams ahead of them in need of linebackers, the price was well worth it. Bush has dynamic speed from the linebacker position and has been a steady riser throughout the draft process. Adding a talent like him in the middle of the field will go a long ways towards building Pittsburgh’s defense for the future.
Adding another Wolverine to the fold, Pittsburgh wrapped up the last of their selections acquired from Oakland in the Antonio Brown trade with tight end Zach Gentry. Gentry is a massive target (6-foot-8, 265 pounds) with a quarterback background but didn’t have much production while in college and posted disappointing athletic testing numbers. Gentry will certainly be a target for jump balls in the red zone but he may never be more than a rotational piece if he’s unable to uncover against opposing defensive backs.
Wide receiver-turned-cornerback Justin Layne has outstanding length and the traits to be a shutdown defensive back at the NFL level. He had some helium as a potential first-round pick towards the end of the draft process, but he’s a great fit for the Steelers and should see plenty of playing time early on in his NFL career.