Steelers keep OL investment going in way-too-early 2024 mock draft

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According to most experts that cover the draft, the Steelers nailed the 2023 installment of the annual event. Quality was found at many different positions of need for the black and gold throughout the seven rounds. Even though there has been a lot of praise done by the media for this club, there are still some question marks across this roster.

There is a high possibility that this organization will have those question marks become weak points on their team. That will propel those weak links into needs by the time next offseason rolls around.

Looking ahead to the 2024 NFL draft this early is almost dangerous, but the team could take notice of these prospects during the upcoming 2023 college football season.

523. Offensive tackle. Alabama. J.C. Latham. 1. player. .

Steelers mock draft round 1: OT J.C. Latham

Implementing a new investment plan into the offensive line has been in full effect last offseason and this one. The club has signed multiple starters during free agency and drafted a tackle that they hope will become a franchise protector for Kenny Pickett. Right tackle and center could be areas of focus for the Steelers come next year's draft as Chuks Okorafor is not a great starter and Mason Cole is on an expiring deal.

One player that could finally fix the instability at tackle is J.C. Latham out of Alabama after this season. He is a right tackle and would likely play that spot in the NFL as well. Latham would have been one of the best tackle prospects in this past draft if he was eligible. He should get the Darnell Wright treatment by the time the pre-draft process ends.