Steelers must keep eyes on these players at the 2023 Senior Bowl
After the Steelers season ended earlier than they wanted, now is the time to focus on the offseason, and first on that list should be the Senior Bowl.
The offseason is in full swing with the Pittsburgh Steelers on the outside watching the playoffs unfold. One of the first things up in a busy offseason will be the 2023 Senior Bowl.
The Steelers have some holes they need to fill heading into 2023 and the Senior Bowl is a great way to get a jump on that. The rosters are complete, and the game is coming in a couple of weeks on February 4th.
The Senior Bowl is widely recognized for showcasing players that go on to climb up boards and increase their value to teams. Many players use this game as an opportunity to solidify their position and prove they belong. Others use it as an opportunity to bring themselves more attention in the process ahead of the scouting combine and to have one more game of tape for teams to watch.
With all this in mind, the Steelers need to key in on some players in this game that can help fill holes in their team in 2023 and beyond.
Steelers must watch Dawand Jones, OT Ohio State
The Steelers’ offensive line was a huge question mark at the start of 2022. The unit got better each week with time together but, they still have plenty of room to improve.
One of the ways they can improve is by looking at offensive tackle Dawand Jones. He is a right tackle that has drawn comparisons to Orlando Brown Jr. due to his huge 6-foot-8-inch, 350-pound frame.
Chuks Okorafor holds the Steelers’ right tackle spot at the moment, but his contract is short and cheap enough that he can easily be replaced if necessary. Looking at a guy like Jones could allow them to draft a replacement for the future and give themselves quality depth at a swing tackle.
Jones is projected to be a second-round pick and is regarded as the fourth-best tackle in the class. He is a mauling run blocker that uses his size to his advantage in every way. His pass blocking is a part of his game that could use some refinement, but he is absolutely worth watching in the Senior Bowl.