Initial grades for the Steelers impressive 2023 draft haul

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Steelers seventh-round pick: IOL Spencer Anderson

Grade: C

On paper, I don’t hate the selection of Spencer Anderson in the seventh round. He has a clear path to the roster and a build that you should like in an interior player. Good height and decent length make him an intriguing fit as a depth piece along the line.

That said, his tape is really hit or miss, and considering his experience at Maryland, it seems like he is close to his ceiling as a player. He can play almost every spot along the line, which is a good thing, but he hasn’t found a permanent home yet and likely won’t at the NFL.

The Steelers line is one of the now deeper positions on the roster, and the only thing they really need is a capable backup center. Anderson has some experience there, but I would have rather them just take someone who did that in college (like an Alex Forsyth, who went just a few spots later).

Again, I’m not going to complain about a seventh-round pick with a decent shot of making the final roster, but his fit is puzzling. He is my least favorite pick in this draft and the only one that I feel like the team should have looked elsewhere.

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I am very impressed with the Steelers draft haul this year. The first and second rounds were huge for the team, and while there were some more questions on day three, nothing was egregious. On paper, this is one of the strongest draft classes in some time, and I am personally thrilled with who the team came away with this year.