Pittsburgh Steelers best moves of the 2023 offseason
By Tommy Jaggi
1. Trading up to draft Broderick Jones
The dream scenario in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft was to stand pat and take Georgia OT Broderick Jones with the 17th overall pick. The draft couldn't have worked out much better, and though it did require Omar Khan to trade up a few spots, they were able to get the player they had their hearts set on.
Jones wasn't considered an elite prospect, but he has untapped potential. With just one full year of starting experience at Georgia, the former five-star recruit improved with each passing game. Broderick also has excellent athletic traits to work with and will be a moldable ball of clay for offensive line coach, Pat Meyer.
The best part about this move is that the Steelers did something they haven't done since 1996: selected an offensive tackle in the first round. While Pittsburgh may not have intentionally ignored the position for so long, a team's blindside protector is too important to simply settle for anybody.
This is one of the biggest investments the team has ever made in an offensive tackle, and teams who frequently load up on the trenches seem to have the right team-building philosophy. I really liked Broderick Jones as a prospect, and I think this selection will prove to be the best decision the Steelers made in the 2023 offseason.