5 fan-favorites Steelers won't be able to draft without a trade-up

Steelers, Paris Johnson Jr.
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3. OT Paris Johnson Jr., Ohio State

Like Witherspoon, landing a true left tackle prospect like Paris Johnson Jr. has been a long shot since the beginning. Mike Tomlin and Omar Khan had a dinner meeting with Johnson at Ohio State's Pro, so there is clearly interest here. However, unless they are willing to package some picks to move up inside the top 10, it just isn't going to matter.

At 6'6 3/8'' and 313 pounds with massive 36 1/8'' arms and an 85 1/8'' wingspan, Johnson is what you picture if you could build your own offensive tackle from scratch. The talented Ohio State product has experience as a guard, but his length and quick feet will allow him to stick at tackle in the NFL for a long time.

Meanwhile, the Steelers have had a need for a premier offensive tackle for years, and they haven't spent higher than a third-round pick on the position since busting on Mike Adams all the way back in 2012.

Johnson isn't considered an elite prospect, but he's very good and comes at a premium position. With teams like the Bears, Titans, and Jets all with a need for a starting offensive tackle, it's incredibly unlikely that he falls within striking distance, and the Steelers would have to be very aggressive with a trade-up if this is the player they have their heart set on in 2023.