4 big names added to Steelers watchlist after Michigan, Virginia Tech Pro Days

Michigan offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield blocks defensive end Kwity Paye.
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Virginia Tech Hokies running back Keshawn King 935) celebrates his first touch down with Christian Darrisaw (77). Mandatory Credit: Lee Luther Jr.-USA TODAY Sports /

OT Christian Darrisaw

This one seems to be the least likely of the four potential first-round players the Steelers observed at their Pro Days on Friday. However, with a few representatives on hand, offensive tackle, Christian Darrisaw at least has to be on Pittsburgh’s radar in the first round. Darrisaw is a quality prospect, and many draft experts believe he could fall somewhere in the teens this year, but the Steelers could have a contingency plan if he starts to slip.

Surprisingly, the team hasn’t expressed an overwhelming amount of interest in offensive tackle prospects this offseason, and perhaps they are looking to go a different direction early. Darrisaw has been labeled “lazy” by a few in his circle, and this could potentially hurt his draft stock, but one must think that this would be good value at a great position of need for the Steelers if he fell.

Pittsburgh lost do-it-all offensive lineman, Matt Feiler this offseason and it still remains to be seen where Alejandro Villanueva will be playing (if anywhere) in 2021. Darrisaw is a plug-and-play right tackle with the potential to be a long-time starter on either side of the line in the NFL.

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Based on visits, these four names should be added to the list of potential first-round candidates for Pittsburgh this year. With two weeks of Pro Days still remaining, we will have a much clearer understanding of where the Steelers will be looking to go early in the 2021 NFL Draft in the near future.