Initial grades for the Steelers impressive 2023 draft haul

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Steelers fourth-round pick: LB Nick Herbig

Grade: B-

Shortly after offensive lineman, Nate Herbig signed with the Steelers, speculation came in that the team would be looking to draft his brother Nick Herbig. From Nate talking about it in his first press conference, to the need at the position, and the team's love of siblings, it made sense for the younger Herbig to be a draft target.

There is a lot that I like about Herbig, as he pops out on tape and was a productive player last year at Wisconsin. The Steelers were in desperate need of some linebacker depth, and Herbig could help fill that.

My issue is where he will ultimately play. While a traditional edge rusher at Wisconsin, he lacks the ideal frame and length to stay there. Pittsburgh has notoriously struggled with smaller edge rushers (just look at Malik Reed last year), so Herbig may have to kick inside.

The Steelers may already view him as such given the fact that Aaron Curry was at his pro day. The fourth round is fine value for a player like Herbig, but I’m a little weary of his lack of a defined position. He should be an early special teams player and a fine backup, but I’m not sure where he will find the most success as a player overall.