5 biggest positional needs for Pittsburgh Steelers in 2022 offseason

Kendrick Green #53 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor (76) . Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Steelers need an offensive tackle

Offensive tackle may not be the biggest position of need on the Steelers offensive line, but it’s hard to argue that it’s not the most important. While centers and guards are typically easier to find and fill with players who could offer quality performance, great tackles are scarce in the NFL.

The Steelers haven’t spent a first-round pick on an offensive tackle since taking Jermaine Stephens all the way back in 1996… and it really shows. Though they have had some quality players along the way, they can no longer get by trusting their coaching staff to develop players with traits and they simply need to invest in more talent at the position.

2021 fourth-round rookie, Dan Moore Jr., impressed at times but also had some really rough moments in his first season. He has the size and athletic upside to develop into a quality starter, but he’s certainly not guaranteed to do so.

Even if Moore ends up being a long-term solution at either tackle position, the Steelers still need another starter — preferably one much better than Moore. Chukwuma Okorafor is an unrestricted free agent who should rake in decent money this offseason, and Pittsburgh doesn’t have much incentive to spend good money on a player that was a weak link to their offensive line. This is a position the Steelers must improve in 2022.