1. RB Kenyan Drake (Arizona Cardinals)
In 2018, Mike Tomlin’s team finished next-to-last in the NFL in rushing yards per game. One season later, the Steelers were 29th in the league in rushing. This past season, the club was at the very bottom of the NFL in rushing yardage while only four teams totaled fewer attempts.
In Pittsburgh’s first six games, the club ran for 100-plus yards five times and totaled at least 25 running plays in all but one game. In their final 11 outings, including the playoff loss to the Browns, Tomlin’s club failed to reach the century mark on the ground 10 times and ran the ball less than 20 times on six occasions.
James Conner has struggled to stay healthy and may not be back in 2021. Benny Snell Jr. has shown flashes on occasions and 2020 Anthony McFarland didn’t get a lot of opportunities in his rookie campaign. The team has the 24th-overall pick in April’s draft and a running back could be on their radar.
If the team does decide to go the veteran route, could Cardinals’ running back Kenyan Drake be in their plans. He comes off a career year in carries (239), rushing yards (955) and touchdowns on the ground (10). He played for Arizona under the transition tag in 2020. But he could be a solid addition if made available.