Steelers mock draft Round 1: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma
Night one of the NFL Draft has finally arrived in this mock offseason for the Steelers. Their needs are different now after free agency took place. They have addressed many of their concerns by signing veteran players who have the ability to start. The draft will now allow rookies to jump onto the roster and compete for starting jobs instead of being rushed to start.
Pittsburgh stays still as they watch plenty of quality draft prospects that they were interested in coming off the board. They are hoping for a center, cornerback, or tackle to drop to their selection. A lot of tackles end up going in the 19 picks before their opportunity comes. The Steelers do take some trade calls, but they end up staying put and making a pick.
Tyler Guyton ends up being the guy that they can't pass up in round one. They just signed Jones in free agency to compete for the starting right tackle spot, but they bring in Guyton to challenge for the starting job too. This provides quality depth on both sides at tackle and a good competitive atmosphere when training camp comes around.
Double dipping at tackle might be seen as a luxury after signing Jones in free agency, but this makes the offensive line full of quality starting options and good depth pieces. Guyton is someone that has a lot of great tools coming out of college. He will likely get the Broderick Jones treatment and have to wait to start. Guyton will be the future starting right tackle in this situation.