2020 NFL Draft Picks
- 1. Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
- 2. Alex Highsmith, EDGE, Charlotte
- 3. Anthony McFarland, RB, Maryland
- 4. Kevin Dotson, OL, Louisiana-Lafayette
- 5. Antoine Brooks, S, Maryland
- 6. Carlos Davis, DL, Nebraska
Top pick: Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
The Steelers always do a good job of drafting receivers, so we have really no reason to believe that Chase Claypool is not going to be successful in their offense.
With his size and ridiculous athleticism, it will be interesting to see how they pair him up with their receiver group as well as their tight end duo of Vance McDonald and Eric Ebron.
The big question is — was this pick the right one with the Steelers’ top pick? It’s hard to fault a team for wanting to have the most weapons possible.
Steal: OL Kevin Dotson, Louisiana-Lafayette – 4th round
Kevin Dotson was a sleeper on the offensive line in a good offensive line draft. The Steelers got themselves a very nice piece with this pick and a player who can start for them at right guard.
He was a first-team All-American at right guard in 2019, and even though he wasn’t as highly touted as his teammate Robert Hunt (Dolphins) he will be an effective starter in the NFL.
Overall Grade: B-
It’s tough to critique this class negatively when you look at what the Steelers accomplished last year with so many key injuries.
The Steelers seemingly went with their gut on some of these picks and took shots on players they can develop and let contribute as they grow in 2020.
The pick of Alex Highsmith could shock some people down the line. He has the makings of a really good pass rusher.
Anthony McFarland is a heck of an offensive weapon who gives the Steelers a different style of back to go with James Conner and Benny Snell.
Antoine Brooks and Carlos Davis are very solid late-round picks with Brooks able to play a box safety/dime linebacker type of role as well as a role on special teams.