The Pittsburgh Steelers are having to make tough decisions over the 2021 offseason. Their cap issues are forcing them to let go of 15+ free agents including Bud Dupree, Mike Hilton, and Matt Feiler all of which have signed with a new team before free agency even opened up. Today the Steelers had to make another tough decision to cut Vince Williams. He was an 8 year veteran of the Pittsburgh Steelers and was beloved by Steeler Nation. This is just only the beginning. The 2021 Pittsburgh Steelers are going to look nothing like the 2020 Steelers.
It would not surprise me if the Steelers take a linebacker in the 2021 NFL draft. Early too. They love their linebackers and I would assume they would want to pair another stud next to Devin Bush. That is taking nothing away from Spillane that's just how the Steelers love to operate. They love having great linebackers. Just look who they have had over the years... Jack Hamm, James Harrison, Kevin Greene, Jack Lambert, Greg Llyod, Joey Porter, Lamarr Woodley, and so on. I could go on and on with the amount of talent the Pittsburgh Steelers have had at the linebacker position.
Should the Steelers take Zaven Collins if he is available at pick 24? Let me just say I love Najee Harris and the Steelers need help at the running back positions and offensive line, but it would not be shocking if the Steelers took Collins with their first pick. Collins is a very explosive linebacker who can be a game-changer next to Devin Bush. He is quick to locate the ball handler and plays well with his balance and body control. Zaven does extremely well with hunting in the running game. He would be a bigger linebacker compared to Devin Bush, but both have the speed to be elite linebackers and could even be the best duo the Steelers have had in the middle of the field.
Zaven can play in the middle of the field and off the edge. Pro Football Network has named Collins a game-impacting defender and one of the more understated prospects in the 2021 NFL draft. He is likely to go in round 1 of the 2021 NFL draft so if the Steelers would like him they would have to draft him in the first round. Cutting Vince Williams puts the Steelers in a tough position because now they need a running back, offensive linemen, linebacker, and possibly even a quarterback. Zaven was made to play with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but we will see what they value the most in the first round. It would be a Pittsburgh Steeler move to draft Zaven Collins.