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Williamson on WR: "For the First Time in Forever I don't think they use a Premium Pick"


The Pittsburgh Steelers will be walking into the 2021 NFL draft with many needs at different positions. For once the Steelers will not need a wide receiver in the 2021 NFL draft, but I guarantee Colbert will still have his eyes on a speedster. There is no need to use a top draft pick for a wide receiver in the 2021 NFL draft. The Steeler's wide receiving group seems to be set after they signed JuJu Smith-Schuster back to a one-year deal. I would imagine the organization would like to lock up JuJu to a longer-term deal down the road as well.


Some mock drafts have had the Steelers taking a wide receiver early which would characteristically fit the Steeler's mold, but I think they pass up on one early this year because they have many positions of need. If I were the Steelers I would look to lock up JuJu Smith-Schuster to at least a four-year deal (like JuJu wants) and start filling in key positions to help offset your losses in the 2021 offseason.


Matt Williamson recently sat down with Tim Benz and spoke about the Steeler's chances of using a premium pick at the wide receiver position. He feels for the first time in a long time the Steelers will not use a premium pick at the wide receiver position because they currently have JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, James Washington, Chase Claypool, and Ray-Ray McCloud, but Williamson did say maybe there is one wide receiver that is too good to pass up.


The Steelers will need help at the running back, offensive line, outside linebacker, inside linebacker, cornerback, and quarterback positions before they need more help at the wide receiver position. Although I think Colbert would like to give Ben Roethlisberger more weapons to throw to I think it's safe to say I agree with Williamson on the Steelers passing up on an early wide receiver during this draft, but never say never because this draft is loaded with wide receiver talent. It might end up tempting Colbert to go after a speedster like Anthony Schwartz.