Steelers 2021 seven-round mock draft: Retooling the offensive line

Najee Harris #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
Najee Harris #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /
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The Pittsburgh Steelers still have a lot to accomplish before the draft happens but it is never too early for a mock draft. This mock has the team addressing many of its current holes. 

With Maurkice Pouncey retiring and other starters leaving the Steelers via free agency, there will be many holes to fill up. Matt Feiler will be gone but Kevin Dotson will take over the starting spot at the left guard vacancy. The main targets during the offseason will be looking for players to fill those voids at the center and left tackle positions.

This will be no easy task as every team in the NFL wants a solid front protecting their quarterback. Ben Roethlisberger has one more year left before retirement happens, but the future Hall of Famer is not guaranteed to return this season. The Steelers will have to worry about a replacement for him sooner rather than later. Now, they have to worry about rebuilding much of their offensive lineup.

The 2021 NFL Draft will be very important for the team’s future going forward. They need to have a successful class to stay competitive and a solid group when the Roethlisberger era ends. The search for a new quarterback could be less of a task with a front that protects a young prospect coming onto the team.

This will be a huge positional group to target this offseason so the future is set. Other depth concerns along the roster will likely be addressed at receiver, linebacker, the defensive line, and more. These needs will fluctuate based on what happens to shed money to get under the salary cap and bringing in free agents. Here’s what I have the Steelers doing in my latest seven-round mock draft: