Zach Frazier gets the call from the "412" area code here as he doesn't have to move far from where he played college ball. He is enjoying a strong season with West Virginia to get out of the shoot. He still has some things that need cleaned up in his game, but he is a quality prospect. The future starting center might come out of the draft.
Mason Cole has been disappointing thus far for the Steelers in 2023, and they should be on the hunt for potential replacements. That might come in free agency or the draft, but the anchor for the offensive line needs to improve. Frazier is a quality center in tight spaces who needs to work on a couple of things in technique before he can be a top center in the NFL.
Others considered in the third round of the Steelers mock draft:
Smael Mondon (LB)
Adding a linebacker in the consideration pool here as the position need has cooled off a little. The Steelers still need an obvious number one guy, but they are getting by with the linebackers they currently have. Smael Mondon is still a work in progress he might need to go back to school for another year if he cannot jump up his numbers for the remainder of this season.
Riley Leonard (QB)
A quarterback gets thrown in here as Riley Leonard has gained a lot of publicity early into the college football schedule before he suffered an ankle injury. NFL teams will probably grow to like him, just like they learned to love Daniel Jones coming out of Duke. Leonard has a lot of tools that will translate well over to the pros if he can land in a good situation with quality coaching. The Steelers would see him as a developmental backup here.
James Williams (S)
There might not be a safety prospect that physically matches what the Steelers want in a strong safety more than James Williams. He is a big guy and played well during his freshman season at Miami. He is coming off a poor performance last season and needs to rebound this year. He is an interesting prospect with the size he provides.