Steelers’ 2018 draft picks: Projecting first-rounder, late-round sleepers

The Steelers have the No. 28 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. That said, this isn’t a luxury draft for a franchise that finished 13-3 before its loss to Jacksonville in the AFC divisional playoffs.

Veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is inching closer to retirement, and there is uncertainty around running back Le’Veon Bell’s contract situation. The defense has a few holes to fill, too.

He’s an all-around linebacker who totaled 141 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and two interceptions last season for the Broncos. He also tests comparable to Shazier, especially in the three-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle. That’s exactly what Pittsburgh needs in this draft. Alabama’s Rashaan Evans would be the other option at No. 28.

What if those top linebackers are gone by the time the Steelers are on the clock? This could be the spot where Pittsburgh takes a quarterback. Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph should be available, but if Louisville’s Lamar Jackson is there, too, that’s a pick the Steelers should entertain.

Below is a breakdown of the Redskins’ 2018 schedule. Details of Washington’s regular-season schedule, including dates and kickoff times, will be added when the NFL makes them available.

Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

Toughest tests: Nobody likes having to play in the Superdome, where the Saints will be difficult to beat. The Redskins have to play another road game in a dome when they face the Cardinals in Arizona, not to mention their annual trip to Dallas to face the Cowboys. Seven of the 10 non-divisional opponents on Washington’s schedule are strong playoff contenders. And the Colts, Cardinals and Buccaneers won’t be push-overs.seahawks_053