Steelers stock report after the first wave of OTAs

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It's hard to puff up players too much when they are practicing in shorts with nobody opposing them. That's essentially what organized team activities are. However, through numerous video clips of practice, I was able to jot down plenty of notes and things that I see from the first wave of Steelers OTAs.

Most of Pittsburgh's media has been positive regarding OTAs -- posting clips of uncontested plays to get fans hyped up about their newcomers and young players. There's nothing wrong with this. In the midst of these videos, however, we pick up on some negatives as well that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. Here is my first offseason player stock report following the first three days at Steelers OTAs.

IOL Kendrick Green: Stock up

Considering that offensive guard arguably became the biggest strength of the team during the offseason, I don't think anyone would have thought that Kendrick Green's stock would be on the rise after the first wave of organized team activities. But that's exactly what we witnessed.

The Steelers added Isaac Seumalo and Nate Herbig to a group that already had James Daniels and Kevin Dotson under contract. Just looking at this offensive guard room on paper, Green is clearly the odd man out... that is if the plan was to keep him at guard.

In a video captured by Jeff Hathhorn of 93.7 The Fan, Green can be seen preparing for reps as the second-team center behind Mason Cole. Though the former third-round pick struggled at center as a rookie in 2021, he was even worse at guard last summer before being buried on the depth chart.

Green was on track to miss the Steelers roster completely this year, but the fact that the coaching staff is giving him another look at center could save his career as a backup. Pittsburgh lost J.C Hassenauer in free agency this offseason, and Green doesn't have any notable competition for the primary backup center job. This is great for him.