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Grading The Steelers 2024 NFL Draft Pick: Roman Wilson

Welcome to the Steel Curtain Network’s coverage of the 2024 NFL Draft.

I have been giving the distinction of trying to apply an initial letter grade for each of the Steelers selections in the 2024 NFL Draft. I must acknowledge that I have been doing this portion of our draft coverage for years, and I take the responsibility very seriously.

Every grade given is determined by perceived draft value based on pre-draft projections, and projected scheme fit with the Steelers. I take a concensus of all available evaluations into consideration as I formulate my draft board. Hopefully everyone enjoys the final product, because it really is a labor of love.

With all that being said, let’s get this party started.

With the 84th selection of the 2024 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Michigan WR Roman Wilson.

Just between me and you, Omar Khan needs to buy a Powerball ticket on his way home tonight, because everything he touches turns to gold. I thought that Khan and company had an exceptional draft haul last year, but this year’s class is shaping up to be just as impressive, if not moreso. Once again, the Steelers were able to acquire a perceived target without having to sacrifice any draft capital.

Roman Wilson is built like a slot receiver, but he possesses the speed and tenacity of a boundary receiver. Wilson has an intriguing history with Mike Tomlin. Tomlin took the time to put Wilson through his paces at the Senior Bowl, after Wilson impressed him during his ultra intense one-on-one battle with eventual first round selection Quinyon Mitchell. It was reported that Tomlin even compared the shifty Wilson to former Steelers legend Antonio Brown. That’s definitely lofty company indeed.

Wilson carries 185 lbs on his 5’11” frame. He posted a 4.39 forty at the Combine, which surprised me because I thought he was quicker than fast. Wilson is an accomplished route runner, but he needs to get stronger to improve his release against press coverage. Added strength would also help improve his blocking, where he is a willing but limited participant. Wilson is another proven winner coming to the Steel City. Wilson’s contributions were critical in the Michigan Wolverines championship playoff run. Wilson’s skill set and versatility suggests that he will get immediate work in Arthur Smith’s offense right out of the gate.

That brings us to the grading portion of this article. Based on the parameters listed at the beginning of this article, I give Roman Wilson’s third round selection an initial draft grade of B+.

As I mentioned earlier in this article, I had a mid to late third round grade on Wilson. Once again, the Steelers get solid value by doing absolutely nothing but letting the draft come to them. I should add that the Steelers have selected an ideal fit each time. Khan and company deserve recognition for that accomplishment.

I want to welcome Roman Wilson to the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise. Looking forward to watching you repping the black and gold.


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