4 players the Steelers may regret passing on in 2021 Draft

Oklahoma Sooners center Creed Humphrey (56). Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Oklahoma Sooners center Creed Humphrey (56). Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports /
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Northern Iowa Panthers offensive lineman Spencer Brown (76) Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers passed on Spencer Brown

The Steelers’ need for a tackle in this draft was a little bit overstated. Sure, a depth piece was needed with some developmental upside, but unless the team took one in the first round, a tackle was likely stuck behind the presumed starters for this season. While Dan Moore could become a starting tackle down the road, he has some limitations overall that may cause him to be more of a swing tackle. Spencer Brown, on the other hand, is a physical freak that has all the tools to be a dominant left tackle in this league.

Brown scored a perfect athletic score, indicating that he has the athleticism to succeed at the next level. As well, he has amazing size, as he is just a smidge over 6’8. Considering the Steelers typically like their tackles tall and athletic, Brown would have been a perfect fit. He did play at a small school, but his tape was incredibly solid. He could have pushed for a starting job during his rookie year, and at worst likely could have been penciled in as a starter next season.

Again, the Steelers would have had to take Brown in the third instead of Green, but that would have been resolved had the team gone elsewhere in the second round. Brown would have been a better threat to either tackle spot this season, and even if the team went with a more experienced option, it would open the door for Brown starting as early as next season. While Moore could develop into a starter in time, the ceiling and talent with Brown would have been a better fit for the Steelers overall.