Steelers news: Pittsburgh's draft results, undrafted free agent signings, and more

Steelers, Monte Pottebaum
Steelers, Monte Pottebaum / Zach Boyden-Holmes/The Register / USA

It was an exhausting three-day stretch for NFL fans, but we enjoyed every second of being parked in front of the TV for the biggest event of the offseason. The 2023 NFL Draft is officially in the books, and we will have plenty of time to dive deep into the film of each player the Pittsburgh Steelers selected over the weekend.

Before the draft came to an end, the Steelers made a free agent signing, and they were quick to scoop up some undrafted free agents upon the conclusion of the draft. According to many draft analysts, Pittsburgh was one of the biggest winners in the draft this year. Here's the latest Steelers news.

Steelers news:

With each passing selection, the Steelers seemed to find great value in the 2023 NFL Draft. Thanks to the Chase Claypool trade just before the 2022 deadline, Pittsburgh had some great draft capital to work with this year. Here's every selection they made in 2023:

  • 1st round (14 overall trade-up) - Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
  • 2nd round (32 overall) - Joey Porter Jr. CB, Penn State
  • 2nd round (49th overall) - Keeanu Benton, DT, Wisconsin
  • 3rd round (93 overall) - TE Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia
  • 4th round (132 overall) - Nick Herbig, OLB, Wisconsin
  • 7th round (241 overall) - Cory Trice, CB, Purdue
  • 7th round (251 overall) - Spencer Anderson, OL, Maryland

Broderick Jones was the first offensive tackle taken in the first round by the Steelers since Jamain Stephens all the way back in 1996. He will have a chance to be a long-time starter at left tackle. Joey Porter Jr. was a name that was linked to Pittsburgh often due to positional need and obvious family ties.

Meanwhile, DT Keeanu Benton should be able to carve out a role as a rotational defensive lineman early in his career, while TE Darnell Washington and CB Cory Trice were deemed as two of the best value picks in the entire draft. Nick Herbig also joins his brother, Nate, on the Steelers.

More Steelers news:

These seven draft picks weren't the only players to join the team recently. As soon as the draft ended, the Steelers were making moves for undrafted free agents. One of those players was Iowa fullback, Monte Pottebaum. The four-year Hawkeye rarely carried the ball in college (just 20 carries), but he was a road grader in the running game and tested as an 87th-percentile athlete among NFL fullbacks.

Joining Pottebaum as Steelers undrafted free agents were San Diego State running back/return man Jordan Byrd and Minnesota quarterback, Tanner Morgan. They should offer depth through training camp and the preseason with a chance to even stick around on the roster if all goes well.

In addition to the Steelers UDFA signings, Pittsburgh also signed veteran cornerback Chandon Sullivan. The former Packers and Vikings CB started 30 games over the past three seasons and played nearly 900 snaps from the slot last season. He could be in line for nickel CB duties this year.

NFL News:

After the conclusion of the 2023 NFL Draft, Pro Football Focus released their final draft grades for all 32 teams. The staff at PFF collectively handed the Pittsburgh Steelers an overall grade of 'A+' for their performance over the past three days when they were on the clock.

Pittsburgh's final pick, Spencer Anderson, was the only player the Steelers drafted who was not in PFF's top 80 players on their big board at one point in time. Pittsburgh wasn't the only team to receive a perfect grade, but it's encouraging.

dark. Next. Top 10 worst Pittsburgh Steelers draft picks of all-time