12. Pittsburgh Steelers
Draft position: 18th (Miami)
The Steelers are this high for a few reasons, and the first and most important of which is that Mike Tomlin deserves a Coach of the Year award for the job he has done with basically nothing at the quarterback position.
He did that by leaning on a defense that was absolutely suffocating for most of the year, despite missing one of their best front seven players in Stephon Tuitt for most of the season.
The final thing propping these Steelers up is because I just can’t believe that Juju Smith-Schuster has completely lost all of his talent. This has been a turbulent year for him filled with constant change and I can’t believe that he is this bad without Big Ben.
Getting healthy is key, but going forward this team’s Super Bowl window could open up for a year or two and they need to capitalize.
11. Houston Texans
Draft position: Playoffs
Alright, hear me out on this one. I know that the Texans didn’t really play today in the game where the Tennessee Titans absolutely beat them down.
However, last week it took 4 Jameis Winston interceptions to keep them in the game and the week before that it took a blocked kick from an injured kicker and an 80 yard interception return on a play that was a hair away from being a touchdown to a third string TE before it was knocked out by the linebacker.
With Deshaun Watson legitimately banged up and Will Fuller injured, the Texans are going to have to find a way to be better than they have been in weeks if they are going to win against the Buffalo Bills next weekend in the playoffs.