3 expected starters Steelers could replace after 2022

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Devin Bush (55). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Devin Bush (55). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Dan Moore Jr. (65) participates in minicamp at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers could replace Dan Moore Jr

When the Steelers selected Dan Moore Jr in the 4th round last year, fans were likely expecting him to just be a depth piece as a rookie. The starting tackles were expected to be the hulking Zach Banner and athletic Chukwuma Okorafor.

When training camp began and Banner was still recovering from knee surgery, Moore Jr was installed as the starting left tackle. He made it clear early that he had the mentality it takes to be successful as a Steeler, getting into a few scraps during practices.

As you would expect from a rookie tackle drafted on day 3 of the draft, he struggled for much of the season. The Steelers obsession with the quick passing game helped him avoid giving up a ton of sacks and pressures, but he was still beat often. He did not perform well in the run game either, contributing to what was one of the worst run-blocking units in the league.

Despite his struggles as a rookie he has a ton of upside thanks to his quickness and arm length, two very important traits when it comes to tackles. His technique needs to be better especially when dealing with power rushers.

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Moore got walked back by bull rushes too often as a rookie, but another year with NFL-caliber coaching should help him improve his anchor as a pass protector. Just having better players around him this year should help as well, but he has to show serious improvement if he wants to be the answer at left tackle for years to come. If not, the Steelers could look to upgrade next year.