Steelers news: Joey Porter Jr. chooses jersey number, draft class rankings, and more

Steelers, Joey Porter Jr.
Steelers, Joey Porter Jr. / Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The excitement hasn't come close to wearing off from the 2023 NFL Draft, as fans around the league start now start doing a deeper dive into the player their team drafted. Pittsburgh Steelers have as many reasons to be excited as anybody, as Omar Khan just managed one of the most impressive draft hauls we have seen from this team in years (at least on paper).

The real work now begins for these rookies as they hit the weight room before rookie minicamp next month. But for now, we'll ride this post-draft high with fun news regarding new rookie jersey numbers and draft grades. Here's the latest Steelers news.

Steelers news:

On Tuesday afternoon we learned that rookie cornerback Joey Porter Jr. is planning to wear the number '24' to honor long-time Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback, Ike Taylor. The former 12-year veteran spoke on a podcast with Dave Dameshek in which Joey Porter Sr. told him that his son intends to wear number 24 to honor 'Uncle Ike.'

Porter Jr. wore number 9 at Penn State, and many fans on Twitter were busy making number predictions. Some of them wanted Porter to be the first Steelers defensive back to take advantage of the league's new jersey number rules. Instead, Porter will go the traditional route and honor Ike with number 24.

More Steelers news:

NFL Draft grades have been flooding in since the three-day event came to a close. Already we've seen some of the top names in the business rush to give the Steelers an excellent grade for their impressive draft haul in 2023. Now Ryan Wilson of CBS Sports just ranked the draft classes of all 32 teams. He had the Pittsburgh Steelers at the very top of the list.

Wilson said that his favorite pick was Nick Herbig. He admits that Herbig is likely a future off-ball linebacker in the NFL but loves his physicality, twitch, bend, and high motor. Wilson thinks that cornerback Cory Trice in the seventh round was the best value pick. On the opposite spectrum, Wilson had the Dallas Cowboys as his lowest-ranked draft class this year.

NFL news:

Former Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs told a judge that he will plead guilty to driving drunk up to speeds of 156 miles per hour. This incident back on November 2nd of 2021 resulted in a fatality while Ruggs was at the wheel. According to the Associated Press, Ruggs could face 3 to 10 years in state prison.

Next. Initial grades for the Steelers impressive 2023 draft haul. dark