2020 Draft: What OL positions will be available for the Steelers?
Last year, seven OTs went before pick 49, and it was essentially a run on the position, as the first wasn’t selected until 22nd and the last was selected at 41st overall. Andre Dillard, Tytus Howard, Kaleb McGary, Jawaan Taylor, Greg Little, Cody Ford, and Dalton Risner all were selected. Considering how new this class is, there is too little tape to pass judgment. That said, the latter two picks, Ford and Risner, both started nearly the entire offseason.
2018 was a lot less OT happy, as only three went before pick 49 and all of them were in the first. Mike McGlinchey, Kolton Miller, and Isaiah Wynn were taken, and besides Wynn, have all developed into solid starters at their positions.
2017 was light as well, as again only three OTs were off the board before pick 49, those players being Garrett Bolles, Ryan Ramczyk, and Cam Robinson. All three of them have become starters. Ramczyk is a stud at OT, Robinson took a little while but has become consistent, and Bolles still seems like he is developing into the role.
Taking the past three years into consideration, an average of 4.333 OTs have been selected before pick 49 in the draft. Using the Draft Networks prospect ranker, that would make the average top OT Josh Jones, while a best-case scenario would leave Andrew Thomas sitting at 49 (a very unlikely scenario) while a worst-case leaves Austin Jackson at 49. Quite frankly, any of these options would be good players and present tremendous value for the Steelers.
Even better, options like Ezra Cleveland and Isaiah Wilson all fall below this threshold, meaning there is some leeway on who would be an option for the Steelers. There are ten options at OT atop this class that have legitimate starting potential on either side, making OT a position that should be very appealing come draft day.