Steelers almost guaranteed to address these 5 needs in the 2023 NFL draft

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Defensive tackle has to find answers for the Steelers in this draft

Bulking up the trenches with fresh faces is something this front office has set out to do heading into the offseason. Some quality competition was added in free agency for some depth roles, but there are no true starters on the roster to challenge for the nose tackle spot. Cam Heyward and Larry Ogunjobi return as the starters at defensive end but the depth behind them is scarce and unproven.

Taking a defensive tackle early in the draft seems like an obvious choice for the black and gold in the upcoming draft. They need someone they can rely on in a nose tackle role, but also someone that could fill the hole at defensive end if need be. There are no guarantees that Heyward or Ogunjobi will remain healthy for the entire season as one is getting older, and the other is just coming off a season where he dealt with an injury all year.

There should be plenty of quality prospects still on the board by the time day two of the draft rolls around. One should imagine that this position will be targeted early on by this organization with either second rounders or the third round selection being in play. Some names that could make sense to Pittsburgh could be Keeanu Benton, Gervon Dexter, Karl Brooks, and Mazi Smith.