5 under-the-radar Steelers targets to watch at the NFL Combine

Mike Tomlin and Pittsburgh's brass could have their eyes on these five players at the NFL Combine.

Dec 30, 2023; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Ladd McConkey (84) makes a
Dec 30, 2023; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Ladd McConkey (84) makes a / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
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Graham Barton, OL, Duke

Even before the Steelers released Mason Cole, we knew that this team was going to be desperate to upgrade the center position. Early in the process, everyone has been infatuated with Oregon's Jackson Powers-Johnson (and for good reason). Day 2 prospects like West Virginia's Zach Frazier and Georgia's Sedrick Van Pran have also been linked to this team.

But the Steelers could have another lowkey player in mind to fill this void. Graham Barton was the starting left tackle for Duke for the past three seasons, but due to his lack of length, many have him projected as a center at the next level.

Barton checks a number of boxes the Steelers look for, and they could view him as the best fit for their offense thanks to his ability to move laterally and get out in space. The Duke product feels like he's tailor-made for Arthur Smith's offense.

It's also possible that the Steelers can acquire Barton in the 2024 NFL Draft without having to spend the 20th overall selection on him. While there's no guarantee he will make it back to them in the second round, Khan has already shown his willingness to move around with two draft trades last year.

Of course, a great performance at the NFL Combine could make Graham Barton a lock to go in the back half of the first round. Powers-Johnson might be the center that every Steelers fan loves after watching him dominate during Senior Bowl week, but Barton could be the center this team has their eye on this April.