5 mistakes Steelers can’t afford to make in 2022 NFL Draft

Malik Willis #7 of the Liberty Flames. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
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Don’t forget the need to get more skill and youth in the trenches

The defensive line had one of the worst seasons in a long time. That could be attributed to both Stephon Tuitt and Tyson Alualu being out for the entire year. With both potentially returning, this issue of struggling against the run will start to dissipate.

Bringing them back will be an immediate fix for this defense, but it will also need to start looking for the future. The defensive line has not been invested in for a while now and they are getting older. Adding a player in the earlier portions of the draft should be a target for the black and gold in 2022.

The offensive trenches cannot be forgotten about either, but it seems like it won’t be a target early on. The team added some talent in free agency and took away some starting needs. There are still question marks across the offensive line, both at the starting spots and depth.

Mason Cole and James Daniels will provide stability at the interior of the offensive line, but tackle, center, and guard have some issues. Cole and Kendrick Green are still not slam dunks at the starting spots and that could cause issues. If an offensive tackle, center, or guard falls to the club then they need to seriously consider one.