Steelers draft pick listed among '9 biggest steals' in the 2024 NFL Draft

Pittsburgh had several major draft steals, but one expert believes this Steelers pick ranked among the biggest steals in the entire NFL Draft.
2018 NFL Draft
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If you felt like the Pittsburgh Steelers came away with a great draft, you're not alone. Early grades from NFL Draft experts peg Pittsburgh as one of the biggest winners in April thanks to the draft haul they were able to rake in.

Omar Khan and Mike Tomlin valued important positions where the value lined up with the need in the NFL Draft, but they also made several selections that felt like steals. A few of the players they selected were not projected to be on the board when they were on the clock -- particularly the three picks they made on Day 2 of the draft.

With an extra third-round pick this year (thanks to the Kenny Pickett pick-swap deal with the Eagles), the Steelers made a statement on Day 2 by selecting WR Roman Wilson and LB Payton Wilson in Round 3. However, it was their second-round pick who was listed among the biggest steals in the NFL Draft.

Recently, NFL expert Marcus Mosher of The 33rd Team posted an article Ranking the 9 biggest steals from the 2024 draft. Zach Frazier came in at No. 4 on the list. Here's what Mosher had to say.

"You can make a really good case that Zach Frazier was the best pure center in this class. Frazier started 46 games in the ACC and was a two-time All-ACC first-team selection. He is recovering from a broken leg, but his tape is incredible, and his work ethic is highly regarded. If he had had a full draft process (Senior Bowl, combine), he could have snuck into Round 1, but it didn’t happen as he was rehabbing from the broken leg. Still, that shows just how talented of a player he was coming out of West Virginia.

The Pittsburgh Steelers needed to upgrade at center, and they absolutely did with this selection. It won’t be long before Frazier is a top-10 center in the NFL. And he is a perfect scheme fit with new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith."

Marcus Mosher, The 33rd Team

Mosher spoke highly of Frazier prior to the 2024 NFL Draft -- ranking him inside his top 30 players this year. On Mosher's Draft Expert Consensus Board (which averages the rankings of the top NFL Draft experts), Frazier ranked 36th. Considering the Steelers were able to snag him at pick 51 in the second round, it's not hard to see why this selection was a steal.

Mosher, a Dallas Cowboys fan, went as far as to say that he would take Frazier for the Cowboys with the 29th overall pick when Dallas was on the clock following their trade-back in Round 1.

Frazier played his college ball in Pittsburgh's backyard at West Virginia University, and teams were drawn to his team-first personality and impressive wrestling record.

Frazier will compete with Nate Herbig for the starting center job in 2024, and many view him as a Day 1 starter. Though he doesn't have elite physical tools, he doesn't have a glaring weakness to his game and he is already technically refined to be a plug-and-play starter in the NFL.

Zach Frazier wasn't the only Steelers draft 'steal'

Frazier wasn't the only player who could have been considered to rank among the top 9 draft steals this year. The Steelers selected arguably the best linebacker in the class with the 98th overall pick in Round 3. The NC State product has dynamic playmaking ability and 4.43 speed at roughly 6'4'' and 233 pounds.

Roman Wilson could have drawn consideration for this list as well. Wilson was the top wide-out on Michigan's national championship team this year and was the 46th overall player on the Draft Expert Consensus Board. Pittsburgh somehow managed to snatch him up with the 84th pick in the third round.

Pittsburgh Steelers fans should be excited about the praise their team is receiving regarding their impressive draft haul. If Frazier proves to be the 4th best steal in the 2024 NFL Draft, we are all in for a treat.