Steelers send their brass to Georgia Pro Day, Broderick Jones could be in play

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It has to be a difficult balance trying to find time to sign free agents and still remain focused on the Pro Day scouting trails. Just one day after their Mike Tomlin and Omar Khan were spotted at Clemson's Pro Day, the Pittsburgh Steelers sent their brass to visit the top school in the nation.

Georgia held their Pro Day on March 15th, and Tomlin and Khan were once again spotted. There's no shortage of talent to scope out from the National Championship team. Sherree Burress of NFL Network and Georgia beat writer Marc Weiszer capture photos of the Steelers top personnel members on hand.

Georgia could have more players drafted than any other school in the nation this year, so we don't know exactly which players the Pittsburgh Steelers could be targeting in the 2023 NFL Draft. However, based on historic trends that date back to the long run Tomlin and Kevin Colbert had together, several players will be in play early in the draft.

Steelers could be eyeing OT Broderick Jones

We don't really know how the Steelers view their offensive tackle position at the moment or how they will prioritize it in the NFL Draft. However, what we do know is that the offensive tackle, Broderick Jones, now checks the boxes for a first-round pick when it comes to earning both an NFL Combine meeting and a Pro Day visit.

This also means that players like edge defender Nolan Smith, cornerback Kelee Ringo, and tight end Darnell Washington could be in play. However, Smith would be viewed as a luxury pick with T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith on the roster, while taking Washington or Ringo in round one seems a bit rich.

While Pittsburgh's brass could very well be on hand at Georgia's Pro Day strictly because the collection of talent is too good to pass up, it's hard not to view Broderick Jones as a strong first-round candidate.

So far in free agency, the Steelers have plugged holes at cornerback, defensive tackle, guard, and linebacker. This gives them a lot of flexibility in terms of where they could go in the draft, and tackle suddenly becomes a high priority.

Of course, knowing how the NFL values the offensive tackle position, it seems likely that Jones could be gone before the 17th pick. If not, the Steelers could potentially land the best OT prospect they've had in decades.

Jones is a freakish athlete for the position with prototype traits. Though he is still very raw with just one full year of experience under his belt, the redshirt sophomore has untapped potential to be one of the better left tackles in the league if he can clean up his mechanics a bit.

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Some big names were added to Pittsburgh's NFL Draft radar today. If Broderick Jones earns the trifecta with the in-house top 30 visit from the team, he will be squarely on the Steelers radar with the 17th overall pick this April.