2. Melvin Ingram
Ingram is a guy who can come in and serve as a like-for-like replacement for Dupree. He doesn’t have quite the same burst off the edge, but he is a superior run defender from his spot on the perimeter.
That lack of elite quickness is serving to currently depress Ingram’s asking price on the open market. The Steelers would be wise to swoop in and scoop him up on a modest two or three-year deal.
His arrival in Pittsburgh would give Alex Highsmith more time to grow into his role as a potential starter at outside linebacker. The presence of Highsmith on the roster would also allow the Steelers to carefully manage Ingram’s workload. That wasn’t the case for him last year with the Chargers.
Ingram isn’t a No. 1 pass rusher, but that’s not the sort of acquisition the Steelers need to make to fill Dupree’s shoes. It’s easy to envision a scenario where he flirts with double-digit sacks if given the same support Dupree previously enjoyed.