Pittsburgh Steelers Round 5 pick: Jeffrey Gunter, EDGE, Coastal Carolina
T.J. Watt tied the NFL record for most sacks in a single season with 22.5 this year. That gives him 72 in his first five seasons in the NFL, meaning they aren’t in desperate need of a pass rusher in Pittsburgh. That doesn’t mean they can’t use some depth, which is why they take Jeffrey Gunter from Coastal Carolina with their fifth-round pick.
Gunter rushed the passer from a linebacker position, making him a solid fit for the Steelers’ defense, and had 17 sacks in his final three collegiate seasons.
Pittsburgh Steelers Round 6 pick: MarQuan McCall, NT, Kentucky
A 3-4 defense needs a true nose tackle and that’s what Pittsburgh gets with their sixth-round pick as they take MarQuan McCall from Kentucky. McCall is listed at 6-foot-3 and 379-pounds, making him a nightmare to block one-on-one.
Still, he’s a two-down player who missed a lot of time this past season. That’s why he slides to this point in the draft but his strength makes him worth taking a chance on.
Pittsburgh Steelers Round 7 pick: Merlin Robertson, LB, Arizona State
Early in his career with ASU, Merlin Robertson looked like he could sneak into the second day of the 2022 NFL Draft. However, he never really took his next step as a player and that’s why he lasts until late on the final day.
Pittsburgh gives him a shot as their final pick, as they hope he can develop into a solid special teams contributor with the ability to serve as a backup linebacker.