Grading each starter on Steelers offensive line during the 2021 season
Steelers 2021 offensive tackle grades
Dan Moore Jr.
Moore can easily be beaten by speed. He can be beaten by power. He can be beaten by speed to power. He can be beaten by inside swim moves. When he’s not giving up a sack or getting a penalty he’s giving up ground so fast that he’s backing into Ben. He’s given up a ton of pressures. In short, a revolving door would be more effective against a pass rush than Dan Moore. To give you an idea of how bad he’s been Pro Football Focus gave him a 0.0 in pass blocking against Brown’s defensive end, Miles Garrett.
In the run game, he occasionally gets the seal and can show good leg drive but often as not he’s losing ground. I watched Moore’s game against the University of North Carolina and thought he was undraftable. Most NFL scouts agreed with me. Still, I bought into the pre-season hype and believed the Steelers brass had seen something I hadn’t. The hype turned out to be just that, Moore is a dud.
I’ve noticed the Steelers can be overly impressed by interviews. Take 2016 1st Round draft bust, Artie Burns… please. I guess Dan Moore is impressive as a person and talks a good game but he can’t back it up on the field. Moore has no place starting at offensive tackle in the NFL, let alone playing LT. He should’ve been benched 4 or 5 games ago. I can’t see this guy making it in the NFL. In 803 snaps he’s had 5 penalties and allowed 5 sacks for 8th Place among tackles in sacks allowed. This is not good. His PFF grade is 55.1 overall, 57.3 pass blocking, and 52.1 run-blocking landing him 72nd of 81 OTs.
We are now four years into the Chuks experiment. The Steelers drafted him in the 3rd Round in 2018 as a developmental player. The 3rd Rd isn’t a good place for developmental players. Generally, you wait to the 4th or 5th round for that. They’ve brought him along slowly but there is now enough playing time to evaluate him.
Chuks isn’t terrible at any phase of the game but he’s not good at any of them, either. His technique is as good as it’s going to get and it’s not good enough. He is what he’s going to be for the rest of his career, a slightly above average sub. It’s time to move on. Okorafor has had 7 penalties (5th Place) and 1 sack allowed in his 727 snaps. His PFF grade is 60.4 overall, 60.4 pass blocking, and 62.7 run-blocking landing him at 62nd place among 81 OTs