3 positions Steelers must address in FA following the NFL Draft

Derrek Tuszka #48 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Steelers must address OT depth

The Zach Banner experiment did not work out in Pittsburgh, and the Steelers were forced to let him go early in the 2022 offseason. By doing so, I really thought that Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert would have tried a bit harder to address the OT position either in the NFL Draft or through free agency. They’ve done neither so far.

Pittsburgh was able to retain Chukwuma Okorafor which gave them added flexibility in the draft. He and Dan Moore Jr. are penciled in as the starting offensive tackles this year. Also returning is swing tackle Joe Haeg, who has been serviceable at best when called upon.

Sadly, offensive tackle remains one of the weakest positional groups on the team, and an injury to either Moore or Okorafor could be devastating to an offensive line that already struggled in both run-blocking and pass-blocking last season.

Most of the quality depth options in free agency have been wiped out by this point, but the Steelers would be wise to find one more guy with past starting experience they can carry on their roster this year and who could compete with Haeg for the OT3 job.

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I really like what Kevin Colbert has done to turn Pittsburgh’s roster around this season, but there’s a bit more work to do. Thankfully, this team looks to be much improved following the 2022 NFL Draft.