The Steelers have a good track record with running backs, and it wasn't a surprise to see Benny Snell get taken on draft day. The son and nephew of former NFL running backs, Snell has plenty of bulk, isn't shy about contact and can shuffle his feet to make defenders miss. But he doesn't have breakaway speed and is far from a polished product in the passing and pass-blocking game. If he were to ever get a large opportunity in Pittsburgh, he'd be in line for some pretty good numbers. But with James Conner and presumably Jaylen Samuels ahead of him on the depth chart, that's not happening anytime soon. He'll get picked late in all long-term formats and rookie-only drafts.
The Steelers selected Snell in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 122nd overall. This pick doesn't make a ton of sense for the Steelers on the surface beyond adding some depth behind James Conner. Snell's production at Kentucky is beyond question -- he rewrote the school's record books with three separate 1,000-yard seasons. He also picked up 48 rushing scores along the way. The question is how his athleticism, or lack thereof, will translate in the NFL. Snell ran a 4.66 40-yard dash at the combine and his 29.5-inch vertical was in the fourth percentile for running backs. He will have to rely on his vision and physical running style to stick in the NFL, but it's unlikely he'll be on a starter's trajectory at any point.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||@New England Patriots||8||16.00|
|3||09/22||@San Francisco 49ers||20||19.00|
|6||10/14||@Los Angeles Chargers||24||20.00|
|10||11/10||Los Angeles Rams||14||17.26|
|16||12/22||@New York Jets||18||17.75|