4 players Steelers haven’t shown enough interest in drafting at pick 24
By Tommy Jaggi
OL Alijah Vera-Tucker
Despite a glaring need for young talent on the offensive line, the Steelers have shown that other needs are higher on their draft radar. When it came time for USC’s Pro Day, Pittsburgh didn’t have any high-profile representatives on hand to scout offensive lineman, Alijah Vera-Tucker.
Vera-Tucker came in a bit undersized at his Pro Day, and his lack of height and length likely means that he will have to kick inside at the next level. However, with quality tape at multiple positions across the offensive line, I would have thought the team would be more interested in him.
The versatile offensive lineman would be a terrific replacement for a team that just lost Matt Feiler. Like Feiler, Vera-Tucker has the versatility to play multiple roles along the offensive line and should be able to do so at a higher level than Feiler did with the team. However, Pittsburgh’s disinterest in him means that he’s likely not a player that will be on their radar if he slides to the 24th overall pick this year.
As of now, the Steelers have expressed a far greater interest in positions like running back, edge defender, and cornerback early in the NFL Draft. We will see if this changes with the final Pro Days ahead, but something tells me they just don’t value the offensive line as much as we would like them to.