Steelers 2022 NFL Draft: 10 players that would be a perfect fit
Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa
Trevor Penning is the nastiest offensive tackle in this draft class. The Steelers are looking for a player with this type of physicality on their front. He is coming from a small program and that does go against the normal tradition by not selecting a prospect that went to a non-power five school.
The club prefers to select someone with more pedigree when it comes to the type of school they come from. This player was able to handle his business against some of the best pass rushers down at the Senior Bowl. He consistently plays with an edge that no one was able to top.
Despite him not going to a power five program, he was able to form himself into a top prospect for the tackle position. It took a lot of hard work and dedication for him to get to this point in his athletic career. The Steelers will need to find a starting tackle this offseason, which might change tradition.
This Northern Iowa product might not be their top choice but based on how certain dominoes fall, he might be their best choice. Some might question his ability to handle speed rushers on the outside at the NFL level so he might have to move inside to guard at the next level. That would still be efficient for Pittsburgh as they will be on the hunt for a starting guard as well.
Many expect Penning to go at some point at day one, probably in the middle portions. He is good enough to be something special at the next level. The team that takes him will probably envision him as a tackle at first and have a fallback option of him at guard if need be.