3 players who are out of the Steelers draft range after making the playoffs
By Scott Long
Center, Tyler Linderbaum, Iowa
Another player that had been oft-linked to the Steelers throughout much of this season was Tyler Linderbaum. It is no secret that the offensive line has been a huge issue for the team this year, and that the team needs to address this group during the offseason, bringing in a new starter on the interior, either at guard or center, depending on what they have planned for Kendrick Green, and a new starting tackle.
Linderbaum would have been a perfect fit, as he is the unanimous top center in this class, is widely regarded as a top 10 player regardless of position in the class, and is at a position of need. Had the Steelers missed the playoffs, Linderbaum could have been a prime target for the team if they opted to not spend their first-round selection on a quarterback.
However, after making the playoffs, and clinching the 20th overall selection with a loss to the Chiefs, barring Linderbaum making an unexpected tumble down draft boards, it appears nearly impossible he ends up in the black and gold. If the Steelers wanted him they would have to trade up, and if they are to trade up in the draft this year, it is highly unlikely they will do it unless the player they are going to get is the quarterback that they view as their long-term starter.
With Linderbaum now out of the running as a potential draft selection, and Evan Neal already being ranked too highly, that limits the Steelers’ options, if the offensive line is where they look to go in round one. Charles Cross, Kenyon Green, and Ikem Ekwonu represent other first-round offensive line targets, while later rounds and free agency are also avenues the Steelers could pursue.