Pittsburgh Steelers best moves of the 2023 offseason

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2. Drafting TE Darnell Washington

One of my favorite moves the Pittsburgh Steelers made during the 2022 offseason was drafting tight end Darnell Washington. Prior to hearing the medical concerns and learning that some teams had removed him from their draft board, Washington was a player I would have considered taking with the 32nd overall pick.

Washington was primarily a blocking tight end for Georgia, but he was outstanding in his role as the 'Y' tight end. His nickname was 'the sixth offensive lineman' thanks to his massive frame and ability to dominate in the running game.

At 6'7'' and 270 pounds, Washington has an exceptionally rare frame for the position and an insane catching radius. Though not twitched up or sudden, his long strides make for deceitful deep speed. This was evidenced by a thoroughly impressive 17.2 yards per reception during his college career.

Obviously, Washington needs to show that his knees aren't going to be an issue, but taking him with the 93rd overall pick could prove to be one of the steals of the draft. This was a tremendous value pick that I don't believe the Steelers will regret.