4 most important scouting notes from Steelers pre-draft visits

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3. Steelers are hunting for a new center

Despite the fact that the Pittsburgh Steelers added two offensive guards in free agency with Isaac Seumalo and Nate Herbig, Mike Tomlin and Omar Khan are making it clear that they aren't done with the interior offensive line just yet.

While Mason Cole did a respectable job in his first season as a starter for the Steelers, the veteran is no more than a serviceable stop-gap starter and shouldn't be viewed as the long-term answer at the position. Pittsburgh's brass knows this and they aren't hiding their interest in an upgrade.

If we take a look at some of their pre-draft visits, the Steelers met with players like TCU's Steve Avila, Minnesota's John Michael Schmitz, and North Dakota State's Cody Mauch. Additionally, Florida guard O'Cyrus Torrence was a top 30 visit (though his visit was scheduled before the pair of guards were added in free agency).

Schmitz is considered the best true center prospect in the 2023 class, while Avilia and Mauch both project as potential centers at the next level. Now that the Steelers let J.C. Hassenauer walk away and sign with the New York Giants, there's as much reason as ever to believe that Pittsburgh could be hunting for a new starting center on day two.