Round 2: David Ojabo
The Steelers understand they aren’t ready to be Super Bowl contenders with a rookie quarterback (or Mitchell Trubisky) piloting their offense next season. That means Pittsburgh is a team that can afford to gamble on Ojabo even though he’s going to almost certainly miss the year due to the torn Achilles he suffered during a pre-draft workout.
When healthy, the former Michigan star is an ideal fit for the Steelers’ base defense. He has the size required to rush the passer from a conventional edge rusher spot, but he also possesses the quickness to operate as a rush linebacker in a 3-4 alignment. That means he can profile as a long-term replacement for either TJ Watt or Cameron Heyward depending on how his body develops.
It’s worth noting that Ojabo was going to be a first-round pick before his injury. There’s still a strong chance he goes off the board before Pittsburgh goes on the clock at No. 52. They shouldn’t move up to select him due to his injury status, but having a strong talent fall in their laps in Round 2 would be a Day 2 win for the organization.
Ojabo can’t help Pittsburgh’s defense next season, but coming away with a potential double-digit sack guy in Round 2 is worth the wait for the Steelers. The team’s front office will need a little luck to land Ojabo but it’s certainly possible.