4 dream scenarios for Pittsburgh Steelers entering 2023 NFL Draft

Steelers, Paris Johnson Jr.
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2. Paris Johnson Jr. falls to pick 17

I'm not going to have much separating Broderick Jones and Paris Johnson Jr. on my draft board, honestly. However, I think that most would agree that Johnson would be an even better fit in Pittsburgh, as he projects as a plug-and-play starter with a higher day-one floor.

After drafting Kenny Pickett in the first round last season, the Steelers can't afford to waste a year of his rookie contract, so finding a blindside protector who is NFL-ready would be a huge bonus. The Ohio State offensive tackle prospect has a prototype frame at 6'6 3/8'' and 313 pounds with massive 36 1/8'' arms. His combination of length, size, and foot quickness is rare.

Johnson also has position flexibility as he has played anything from right guard to left tackle. While the Steelers would be unlikely to move him once slotted in as the starting LT, this flexibility certainly doesn't hurt.

Johnson is a player many believe should go inside the top 10 picks this year when you consider the quality prospect and the value of the left tackle position. He's a high-character player that the team clearly loves and the Steelers would be ecstatic if they were able to get him in the first round without a trade-up.