Steelers mock draft with trades: Pittsburgh bolsters roster with strong draft class

The foreseeable future would be looking bright with this Steelers draft class.

Oct 21, 2023; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Cooper DeJean (3)
Oct 21, 2023; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Cooper DeJean (3) / Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports
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Steelers mock draft round 2: Sederick Van Pran, C, Georgia

With the 51st pick, the Steelers address a pressing need earlier than expected after the top two centers, Jackson Powers-Johnson (21st overall) and Zach Frazier (44th overall), are off the board. They select Sedrick Van Pran from Georgia, reuniting him with his former offensive line teammate Broderick Jones.

Van Pran, known for his mauling ability in the run game and athleticism to move well in space, becomes an ideal fit in Arthur Smith's offensive scheme. Smith's system demands a physically imposing center who can also move effectively, and Pittsburgh secures an immediate upgrade at the position with Van Pran, expected to start from Day 1.

With Mason Cole released, it's a certainty the Steelers will prioritize the Center position in free agency and the draft. In this mock, with Centers in high demand, the Steelers secure Van-Pran, a seasoned leader with 44 starts and two national championships at Georgia. Pittsburgh is thrilled to find their next Center, bringing back a brand of football that's been absent from that position for years.

As mentioned earlier, a likely free-agency signing might fill a starting role, reducing the need for a rookie to play immediately. However, Sederick Van Pran possesses the tools to contribute right away. Given Mason Cole's two-year tenure without missing a game, securing depth at this position is crucial for the Steelers heading into the next season.