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

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1. OT Broderick Jones, Georgia

Most fans are coming to the realization that the first four names on this list are incredibly likely to be gone when the Steelers are first on the clock in the 2023 NFL Draft. However, they are a little reluctant to admit that Broderick Jones will be one of those guys as well.

Jones has been a fan favorite since very early in the pre-draft process. He's a young, athletic offensive tackle and a former five-star recruit from a fantastic football program at Georgia. Jones has just one full year of starting experience under his belt, but I don't consider this a negative as he seemed to make strides in each game to close out his college career.

Broderick tested as a 96th percentile athlete, according to his Relative Athletic Score. With a long, muscular frame, there's no reason he can't put on even more muscle mass as he continues to grow and develop as a player.

Jones becomes far too intriguing to teams like the Titans and Jets if he slides outside of the top 10. I would love for the Steelers to be able to stand pat and take him with the 17th overall pick, but I think Pittsburgh would have to move up at least a few spots in order to have a shot at drafting him.

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