On the third day of the NFL Draft, who the Pittsburgh Steelers select in the fourth round?
Even though they are one of the best offensive in football, the Steelers still need to add some depth to their offense. The Black & Gold could add an offensive lineman at this pick or bring another weapon to the already explosive attack. With the pick here, I believe the Steelers not only add another weapon to their offense, but a weapon to their special teams unit.
This comes in the form of Alabama running back Kenyan Drake. An all-purpose back for the Crimson Tide, Drake had the misfortunate of playing behind Eddie Lacy, TJ Yeldon and Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry. Despite playing behind these future NFL backs, his skill set was too good to keep him off the field.
Over his career in Tuscaloosa, Drake amassed over 2500 all-purpose yards and 23 touchdowns on 299 total touches (rushing, receiving, kick and punt returns). His signature play for the Tide came in the National Championship game vs the Clemson Tigers. With Clemson trailing only by 4 late in the 4th quarter, Drake put the game on ice for the Tide, torching the Tigers with a 95 yard kickoff return.
Drake’s playing style is like the Duracell Bunny, he just keeps going and going, always moving his quick feet. When he hits the line, he explodes through the hole with an incredible second gear. Drake doesn’t shy away from contact either, churning his legs through contact and aggressively finishing his runs.
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Though he might go on Day 2, if Drake is there in the fourth round, the Steelers would be crazy not to take him. Not only does he add another explosive element to the offense, but he provides something the Steelers lacked in 2015, a kick returner. His senior was the only year he returned kicks for Alabama, averaging 26.6 yards a return, but Drake showed he can be a dangerous returner.
Adding Drake could also make the decision whether to resign Le’Veon Bell or not much easier.