5 biggest positions of need for Steelers in the 2022 NFL Draft

Cameron Sutton #20 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor (76) and guard Trai Turner (51) and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) and center Kendrick Green (53). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Steelers need an interior offensive lineman

Next to maybe only off-ball linebacker, no positional group was more disappointing this year than the offensive line. The interior has some big concerns that must be addressed in 2022.

I was not pleased with what I witnessed from Kendrick Green as a rookie. While the former third-round pick can really kick it into gear when lead blocking in space, he’s undersized and lacks the ability to consistently hold up at the point of attack. I view Green as a player who should probably be your swing interior offensive lineman who can play center or guard in a pinch, but Pittsburgh might see him as a future starter.

Even if this is the case, Trai Turner is unlikely to return next season as he is set to become a free agent, and he’s not a long-term solution anyway. Outside of Kevin Dotson, nobody else on the interior offensive line has shown enough to get us excited and this team really needs one or two more quality players on the interior to help the running game and fix the protection issues.