3 big NFL Draft prospects added to Steelers radar after Notre Dame Pro Day
By Tommy Jaggi
OT Liam Eichenberg
There were many quality football players to scout during Notre Dame’s Pro Day, but Liam Eichenberg may have been the reason why the Steelers sent their top dogs here instead of Florida or LSU. With offensive line still being one of Pittsburgh’s needs, Eichenberg is a player who fits the bill. As a starting left tackle, Eichenberg held up extremely well last season and didn’t give up a single sack on over 400 pass-block snaps, according to Pro Football Focus.
Notre Dame offensive linemen have had an amazing track record in the NFL with players like Zach Martin, Ronnie Stanley, and Quenton Nelson in recent years. While Eichenberg isn’t at the same level as these three players, he was still a powerful anchor and leader on arguably the nation’s best offensive line who is battle-tested and able to slide into a starting role from day one.
Eichenberg is a solid athlete, but he didn’t blow anyone away with his testing numbers. His 32 3/8” arms are less than ideal, but he’s a sneaky-good candidate thanks to his consistent tape and nasty demeanor. While some originally thought he could have a chance to fall to Pittsburgh in the second round, the Steelers would likely have to take him at 24. He could certainly prove to be worth this pick, however, as he has ‘long-time starter’ written all over him. Eichenberg is probably a right tackle in the NFL and may never be a stud, but he’s got a very high floor. The fact that Adrian Klemm was there to scout him shows Pittsburgh’s interest in the Notre Dame left tackle.