OG Ben Bredeson, Michigan
Ben Bredeson was a player that was hard to ignore at Michigan. Bredeson came into the Senior Bowl with ideal size for an interior offensive lineman (6’4 1/2” and 316 pounds). Bredeson is a former four-star recruit who possesses good strength at the point of attack, however, his hand technique is a work in progress and he could use some fine-tuning to his game.
Outside of David DeCastro, the Steelers are getting old and slow along the interior of their offensive line. Ramon Foster is under contract for just one more season, and the 34-year old is coming off perhaps his worst season since his rookie year in 2009. Bredeson could provide solid depth to the position and take over as a starter after the 2020 season.
QB Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
Let’s not pretend like the Steelers won’t have their eyes on the quarterbacks during the Senior Bowl. Though Ben Roethlisberger is returning in 2020, he will be 38 years old in March. Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges don’t appear to be the answer at quarterback, and Pittsburgh showed this season how hard it is to win without one.
Though he lacks ideal size and there are questions about his arm strength and processing speed, Hurts was insanely productive at Oklahoma in 2019 – earning 53 total touchdowns to just 8 interceptions. As of now, Hurts is projected as a day-two prospect. If he shows up big at the Senior Bowl, Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert could give him a hard look this offseason.