Steelers mock draft: Bolstering the offense early and often

Guard Alijah Vera-Tucker #75 of the USC Trojans. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images)
Guard Alijah Vera-Tucker #75 of the USC Trojans. (Photo by Katharine Lotze/Getty Images) /
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Understanding all of the holes that need to be filled in an NFL roster can be a bit confusing. Here’s who I have the Steelers going with in the 2021 NFL Draft.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to have a lot to work on in this offseason. Considering the low amount of cap space that they currently have, the draft is more crucial in 2021 than in years prior.

This means that Pittsburgh is going to have to find a way to pull off a great draft class to continue to compete for a title in 2021. With that being said here are the players available when I completed my most recent mock draft.

Trojans . Alijah Vera-Tucker. 1. player. 808. . Tackle/Guard

Steelers mock draft: Round 1

He is amazing in open space. He has good size at 6’4 300 lbs, a well-balanced frame, and has been upgrading his technique throughout his college career. A lot of teams have him marked as an ideal left guard coming into the NFL, yet he showed up big as the blindside protector for USC in 2020.

He has played both inside and out which means he is the exact kind of lineman the Steelers covet. Don’t expect to see him starting right away as the Steelers often try to develop their tackles before giving them starting reps. He would find good quality time as a reserve thanks to injury and his rookie year would turn out somewhat like Kevin Dotson’s.

In this mock draft, I completed through PFF, quarterbacks and edge defenders flew off the draft board leaving Vera-Tucker to fall from his top 15 draft projection to the open arms of the Steelers and they were happy to take him.