Steelers 2022 NFL Draft preview: Top-3 offensive tackles
The Pittsburgh Steelers rebuilding their offensive line and finding another tackle will be high on the to-do list this offseason.
The Steelers head into the offseason with a bunch of holes across their offensive line. The tackle spots have some question marks on both sides. Dan Moore Jr. completed his rookie season with promising improvement but there will be a vacancy at the right tackle spot.
Moore seems to be the current and future answer on the blindside for the black and gold trenches. Chuks Okorafor has not been able to develop and will likely leave the team via free agency in 2022. The need to find a starter for the other tackle spot is going to be a huge gap to fill.
This team will look to upgrade the positions and create a solid complementary piece on the opposite side of Moore. If they could find a better left tackle and slide Moore to the right side, then that would be another welcomed addition. This offensive line rebuild could take some time depending on their success with replacements.
Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
Trevor Penning is a player that many haven’t heard of and broke onto the scene in 2021. He is from a small program, Northern Iowa, but his frame is what every NFL team is looking for in a starting tackle. He is a big guy that plays physically in every aspect of the game.
That nasty physicality is the name of the game for this player and something that the Steelers have said they’re looking for. He is a solid athlete for such a big prospect in this draft. He will go at some point in the later portions of the first round, potentially to the black and gold.
Bernhard Raimann, OT, Central Michigan
Bernhard Raimann hails from Austria and hasn’t been playing football for too long. His raw athleticism and abilities are what are bringing teams interest in this prospect. He has all the potential to become the next big player at the tackle position.
This prospect is raw so it will take some time to develop him into a solid player in this league. He has the size and attributes that will make him a first-round selection in the draft. Potential and patience will be the two things that a team will need to accept when they select this player.