Steelers news: Bengals fall in AFC title game, PFF mock draft, and more
In the latest Steelers news, a division rival was on the wrong end of the officiating and Pro Football Focus predicts who Pittsburgh will take in their latest mock draft.
Outside of a little Brian Flores talk, there hasn’t been much Steelers news since before the weekend. It was another quiet start to the week in Pittsburgh, but many fans are still dwelling on championship weekend and what ensued.
It won’t be long before the Pittsburgh Steelers start making some noise in the 2023 offseason, but for now, the latest Steelers news doesn’t relate to anything the team is doing directly. Here’s what you need to know.
The Cincinnati Bengals recently fell to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game with a final score of 23-20. With time winding down, Bengals defender, Joseph Ossai, committed a late-hit penalty that boosted the Chiefs into Harrison Butker’s field goal range. He would capitalize with the go-ahead field goal as time nearly expired.
Many Steelers fans were thrilled to see the Cincinnati Bengals fall short of the Super Bowl, but the circumstances didn’t leave us as satisfied as we would have hoped. The officiating in this game is under scrutiny, as many believe the Bengals were on the receiving end of some awful calls (and in some cases, no-calls). Either way, this AFC North rival is officially out of the running.
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In other Steelers news, Trevor Sikkema of Pro Football Focus recently conducted a 2023 first-round mock draft. He has Pittsburgh digging their heels in for an offensive tackle despite three OT prospects being selected ahead of them. With tackles Peter Skoronski, Paris Johnson Jr., and Broderick Jones off the board, Sikkema has the Steelers going with Tennessee OT Darnell Wright.
PFF has Wright listed at 6’6” and 335 pounds. He played right tackle for the Vols, but Sikkema is okay with the Pittsburgh trying him on either side. Receiver Jordan Addison is already off the board in this particular mock, but Sikkema has Penn State CB Joey Porter Jr. going just a few picks later.
NFL coaches, scouts, and executives are in Mobile Alabama for Senior Bowl week. There are a number of exciting prospects set to square off against each other in drills. The Senior Bowl game will take place on Saturday afternoon, but the practices are every bit as telling as wide receivers will have one-on-one drills against cornerbacks and offensive linemen will square up against defensive linemen. Practices start today. Here are some Senior Bowl players to watch for the Steelers this week.