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Steelers 2024 NFL Draft prevalent in the ESPN Top 100 picks

With the 2024 NFL Draft now well over one week old, the dust has officially settled on the 3-day selection process. Now, with rookie minicamps already underway, media outlets are taking a look at the draft classes, specific picks, and seeing which players fit best with the teams who selected them.

ESPN’s Matt Miller provided his Top 100 picks from the 2024 NFL Draft based on fit, value or steals. The Pittsburgh Steelers 2024 draft class was very prevalent in the Top 100, with 5 of their 7 picks being in the Top 51 of Miller’s rankings.

Let’s take a look at who was ranked, and why:

6. Zach Frazier, C, Pittsburgh Steelers (Pick 2-51)

My final overall ranking: No. 29

When I was writing scouting notes on Frazier before the draft, I kept thinking he was a Pittsburgh-type player thanks to his toughness, agility and background as an elite high-school wrestler. Steelers GM Omar Khan apparently agreed. Frazier has the profile of a 10-year starter at center and can immediately step in to boost an offensive line that got a complete makeover during draft weekend.

16. Payton Wilson, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers (Pick 3-98)

My final overall ranking: No. 46

Were it not for injuries, Wilson would have been a first-round pick. That’s part of the calculus for every NFL team as they evaluate players and as we grade their picks, but keep this in mind: Wilson played every game the past two years at NC State and posted jaw-dropping production (130 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and three interceptions last season). If he can match that going forward, the Steelers will have one of the steals of the draft.

26. Troy Fautanu, OT, Pittsburgh Steelers (Pick 1-20)

My final overall ranking: No. 16

Fautanu started at left tackle for the best offensive line in college football last season and showed at the combine that he has the length and footwork to excel on the blindside in the pros. Pittsburgh has the choice to move him to a new position and slide Broderick Jones in at left tackle, but the great thing about this pick is that the offense will have two really good options at tackle no matter what. Fautanu is tough, agile and the best finisher in the draft in the run game.

33. Roman Wilson, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (Pick 3-84)

My final overall ranking: No. 62

When the Steelers traded Diontae Johnson this offseason, a hole appeared at slot receiver. In the third round, the front office drafted an excellent option there. Wilson will get tough yards and has enough juice with the ball in his hands to keep defenses honest. He’s also a reliable punt returner. Throw him into the starting lineup with George Pickens and tight end Pat Freiermuth, and the Steelers have a trio of pass-catchers to build an offense around.

51. Mason McCormick, G, Pittsburgh Steelers (Pick 4-119)

My final overall ranking: No. 81

The Steelers drafted three offensive linemen in the top four rounds of the 2024 draft, and all three make this list. McCormick started at guard for South Dakota State, but some in the league think he could be a star center. He’ll lock in at left guard for Pittsburgh for now.

Will the Steelers draft class live up to the hype, or will they not contribute as much as many think they will in their rookie season? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-good.


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