5 possible steals the Steelers could make in 2023 NFL Draft
By Andrew Falce
DL Gervon Dexter, Pick 80
One of my draft crushes during this process, Gervon Dexter provides the Steelers with a unique body type for their defensive line. While the team has always favored taller defensive ends, they seem to be a dying breed for college defense. Dexter has that prototypical build though, and he tested as a plus athlete on top of all of this.
Dexter was a very hot and cold player while at Florida, and it seems like they never got the most out of him as a player. He was strong in run defense, as he used his size and power to disrupt runners in the backfield. At times, he would look dominant as a pass defender with a strong bull rush, but he failed to consistently be an impact there.
He lacks a defined pass rush plan, which certainly hurts his ability to get after the quarterback. On top of this, his size is sometimes a disadvantage, as he can play too high and lose leverage. While not the biggest concern, his length is also less than ideal.
Dexter has the tools, but his raw potential could cause him to slide a bit. If given the time and proper coaching, Dexter could be a great starter at defensive end. Landing that type of prospect in the third round would be huge. He would have a good coach in Karl Dunbar and the ability to sit for a season until he is ready to see the field.