Steelers Mock Draft: Pittsburgh triples down on the trenches early

Steelers focus on finding future building blocks in the trenches in the latest seven-round mock.
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3. player. 469. . Zach Frazier. . Center. Zach Frazier. Zach Frazier.

Steelers mock draft round 3: Zach Frazier, C, West Virginia

Holy smokes this would be icing on the cake for a great first three selections for the Steelers in this draft. Getting Zach Frazier to fall to their third-round selection would be like a dream coming true. It might not be totally out of the realm of possibility, but many have him being a more realistic pick in the second-round territory for the upcoming draft at the moment.

He seems to be the top center that the Steelers like in the upcoming draft, and he could end up being the pick in the second round when the draft rolls around in April. He is a tremendous fit both with his physicality and how he can block out in space. Frazier would be a nice addition to Arthur Smith's offensive style that he will try and implement.

West Virginia is a short drive from the city of Pittsburgh so that local connection will be there. Expect Mike Tomlin and Omar Khan to be at their pro day and keeping close tabs on this center. The Steelers need an upgrade at the anchor point on their offensive line. They haven't had a good one there since Maurkice Pouncey retired a couple of years ago.

Mason Cole could be a cap casualty, but even if he returns there needs to be realistic competition to push for his starting spot. Frazier would provide that and would likely take over Cole's spot sometime this upcoming season. Cole's contract is about to expire soon, so locking in the future centerpiece in the trenches would be a wise decision made here by Pittsburgh.