5 biggest positions of need for Steelers in the 2022 NFL Draft
By Tommy Jaggi
2. Steelers need an offensive tackle
Many fans I have talked to have argued that the interior offensive line is a bigger need than offensive tackle for the Steelers, but I don’t agree for a few reasons. For starters, offensive tackle is a money position and quality tackles are much harder to find. In addition, the depth at the tackle position is going to be equally as bad as it is on the interior.
Even if you believe that Dan Moore is going to be a very good player for this team, that still only gives you one quality option. Chukwuma Okorafor is an unrestricted free agent who won’t be worth spending decent money to bring him back. Zach Banner, meanwhile, apparently isn’t good enough to bring in to compete against struggling offensive tackles and he’s simply not a good fit at all with Adrian Klemm’s scheme.
The Steelers have been very fortunate in the past to go from one quality offensive tackle to the next (Marvel Smith to Max Starks to Kelvin Beachum to Alejandro Villanueva). However, they had very good coaching in the past, and they can’t assume that their luck will continue.
It’s been 25 years since the Steelers invested a first-round pick into the offensive tackle position, and that desperately needs to change. This is a good offensive tackle class with a few guys that have the potential to be cornerstone players for over a decade in Pittsburgh.