4 Steelers draft picks with the biggest chip on their shoulder

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The Pittsburgh Steelers found outstanding value all over the 2023 NFL Draft. Some players clearly fell due to medical red flags and health concerns, while a few others could have been due to a lack of scheme fit.

Regardless of the reasoning for their slide on draft day, four of the seven draft picks by Pittsburgh now have a massive chip on their shoulder as they are set to begin their NFL careers. Here's how their underdog mentalities will benefit the Steelers in the future.

4. CB Joey Porter Jr.

While there were questions as to whether or not the Pittsburgh Steelers should have considered Joey Porter Jr. with the 17th overall pick, I don't think anyone questioned if he deserved to be a first-round draft choice. According to the NFL Mock Draft Database consensus board, Porter was the 14th-best player entering the 2023 NFL Draft.

Remarkably, Porter slid out of the first round entirely. It's possible that the slide would have continued for a few picks further had the Steelers traded out of the 32nd overall selection. However, Omar Khan admitted that the team did not want to miss out on snagging Porter, so they held onto the second-round pick acquired from the Bears rather than trading back.

Obviously, Porter felt that he should have been drafted much earlier thanks to his rare blend of length, physicality, and press coverage ability at the cornerback position. Now his father will no doubt be encouraging him to use his draft status to fuel the fire and prove why teams were wrong passing on him in the first round.

Porter already exuberated with confidence and swagger during his time at Penn State. Now add a big chip on his shoulder and he will be working his butt off to make sure he's one of the best in the business.