Both All-star games will be taking place on Friday and Saturday for the pre-draft events. First up will be the East-West Shrine game, which normally hosts prospects that are mid to late-round picks. The Senior Bowl is where the bigger names will participate. The Steelers are always well-represented at these events and both Mike Tomlin and Omar Khan will likely show up in person to watch and meet prospects.
There are plenty of holes that need to be filled on this roster and different upgrades that would be nice to accomplish. Investing back into the trenches on both sides of the football will probably be high on the Steeler's list of to-dos, but so will focusing on other positions as well. Keep a close eye this week on different prospects who do well during practices and those who struggle. This week will help sink or raise draft stocks for these NFL hopefuls.
Jackson Powers-Johnson could be the best center in the NFL Draft
Play at the center position has taken a hit over the past couple of days. News broke that Sedrick Van Pran would not be in attendance or participate. It was also let known that Zach Frazier would not be able to go due to an injury that he continues to heal from. That could be a problem in the future if they cannot test or work out for NFL teams. A good showing at the Senior Bowl could have cemented their status in this class.
One name that should go into this game with a new bill of confidence is Jackson Powers-Johnson. He has been the center at Oregon for a couple of years now and should be the top center taken in the upcoming NFL Draft. He seems to be the only realistic top option at center performing in practices and in the game itself this week. He can easily set himself in front of every other player at his position with a good showing.
He is athletic for his size and has routinely been a solid player at his position. Powers-Johnson has a lot of experience at the center spot. The Steelers would probably have to use their first-round pick on this prospect because he will unlikely last until their second-round selection. The first round might be a little rich, but Powers-Johnson would be an immediate upgrade over Mason Cole.