3 Steelers undrafted free agents who could make the team in 2022
Chris Owens, IOL
The Steelers like versatility and having options, and if only for that reason, they might keep Chris Owens headed into the fall campaign. Though listed as a guard, he also can play center. Which works for the Steelers on many levels. They already have Kendrick Green, who played center in 2021. However, the Steelers have been talking about shifting Green to guard, so they signed Mason Cole before the draft, and they still have J.C. Hassenauer.
The addition of Owens gives the Steelers additional flexibility to deal with injuries as the season progresses. Every team must deal with injuries to the offensive line; however, the Steelers will be able to move players around when needed to keep gaps filled on the offensive line when someone goes down for a part of the season.
Owens is 6’3” and 305 pounds, very similar in size to both Kendrick Green and Hassenauer. One of his biggest strengths is that he anchors against larger defenders in the middle and has the athleticism to help on nose tackle or the blitzer, or help the center if not covered. A downside is his technique in pass protection, not using his leverage, and poor foot movement.
Nonetheless, one could see Owens making the final cut for the fall roster.