Steelers mock draft Round 2: Zach Frazier, C, West Virginia
Day two of the draft arrives for the Steelers after just taking Guyton in round one. They are happy with the pick but feel the need to continue their investment in the trenches. They would love to add a quality defensive lineman and a center before day two is over. They watch as plenty of quality defensive tackles fly off the board early on day two of the draft.
They pivot and go with their other need at center. They still have Mason Cole on the roster and Hennessy just signed in free agency. Both could compete for the starting job at center, but Hennessy was mostly signed to fill the depth role that Herbig left behind after being a cap casualty earlier in the offseason. That leaves another legitimate option to compete to be the starting center open.
Zach Frazier is the second-round pick by the Steelers in this mock offseason. Rumor has it that the Steelers love this prospect, and it makes a ton of sense. He is a local product coming out of West Virginia, and he would fit Arthur Smith's offense perfectly. The fit is there and Pittsburgh could have plenty of options to work with on the roster.
Cole and Frazier would challenge each other for the starting center job during the preseason. Whichever player loses will hold a depth role. Cole has familiarity at guard and center, so ideally if an injury at guard were to occur then he could slide there and have Frazier start at center. He seems to be the better player between the two, but we know the Steelers are not too keen on starting rookies right out of the gate.