Updated offensive tackle rankings for the Steelers after the NFL Combine

Here's what the Steelers' top 10 list of offensive tackles could look like after the NFL Combine.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers must have been salivating over the offensive line group on hand in Indianapolis for the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine. Before some of the best offensive linemen in the country showed up to weigh in and test in front of thousands of coaches, scouts, executives, and media personnel, this was already considered a strong group.

However, impressive testing numbers were further confirmation that the 2024 draft class is loaded with talented offensive linemen -- particularly at offensive tackle.

The Steelers just so happen to have a desperate need for an offensive tackle to pair with Broderick Jones long-term. Dan Moore Jr. isn't getting the job done, and Pittsburgh released Chukwuma Okorafor early this offseason.

Omar Khan and Mike Tomlin expressed plenty of interest in the offensive tackle group at the NFL Combine, and for good reason. This is arguably the strongest position in a loaded 2024 draft class, and Pittsburgh's formal meetings with many of the top OT prospects are a reflection of their interest.

So which offensive tackles do the Steelers like best this year?

Though we can't say for certain, I used criteria like size, testing numbers, school, and 2023 performances to string together a list of the top 10 offensive tackles that Pittsburgh could be targeting in the draft following the 2024 NFL Combine.

Steelers post-NFL Combine offensive tackle rankings:

Rank

Player

College

Age

1.

Joe Alt

Notre Dame

21

2.

Olu Fashanu

Penn State

21

3.

Amarius Mims

Georgia

21

4.

JC Latham

Alabama

21

5.

Taliese Fuaga

Oregon State

21

6.

Troy Fautanu

Washington

23

7.

Jordan Morgan

Arizona

22

8.

Tyler Guyton

Oklahoma

22

9.

Kingsley Suamataia

BYU

21

10.

Patrick Paul

Houston

23

Some of these players are going to go before the Pittsburgh Steelers make their selection with the 20th overall pick. However, I think it's important to include them to show where they would rank among every potential OT candidate this year early in the draft.

Starting at the top, I have the Steelers liking Joe Alt the best, followed by Olu Fashanu. Alt feels like this year's 'can't miss' OT prospect thanks to his youth, size, traits, and remarkable tape. He also comes from an outstanding offensive line school at Notre Dame that routinely produces NFL talent. Fashanu is the home-grown product from Penn State who could have come out last year. He decided to go back to school for the 2023 season, but he is expected to be off the board before Pittsburgh picks.

Now we get into the group of OTs who could potentially be available when the Steelers are selecting. I have the Steelers liking Amarius Mims as the third-best OT in this class. We know that assistant GM Andy Weidl loves huge, powerful offensive tackles, and Mims fits the bill. His athletic traits are very intriguing for a player with his size and length.

Just after Mims, I have the Steelers liking Alabama's JC Latham. Like Mims, Latham comes from a college football program Mike Tomlin loves. Latham also has outstanding size and youth on his side. He and Mims were two of the top recruits in the nation coming out of high school.

While it may be unpopular to have Taliese Fuaga this low, I have a feeling that the Steelers don't like him quite as much as the previous two players on this list. Mims and Latham both have extreme size and length and they played for two of the best SEC programs in the country. Fuaga, meanwhile, comes from a Pac-12 conference that Pittsburgh doesn't often select from in Round 1 of the NFL Draft. It's also worth noting that Fuaga doesn't have the ideal arm length that Omar Khan and Andy Weidl look for in the OT position.

After this, Troy Fautanu helped himself greatly with a remarkable performance at the NFL Combine. While Fautanu is an older prospect, he showed off incredible movement skills in Indianapolis, and his arm length (34 1/2'') proved that he can stick as an offensive tackle in the NFL. Likewise, Arizona;'s Jordan Morgan already looks polished and is a plug-and-play starter.

On the other hand, Oklahoma's Tyler Guyton wasn't as impressive. Some considered him one of the losers from the NFL Combine, as the big OT didn't test as well as expected and didn't do anything to set himself apart from a very talented tackle class.

The final two spots on Pittsburgh's top-10 offensive tackle rankings go to BYU's Kingsley Suamataia and Houston's Patrick Paul. These are two big and talented offensive tackles with some upside, but they aren't quite there yet. As a result, Suamataia and Paul aren't as safe as the top OT prospects in this class.

As the pre-draft process marches on, we will find out much more about Pittsburgh's interests when it comes to the offensive tackle position. As of now, here are the top 10 offensive tackles I think the Steelers like following the 2024 NFL Combine.

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