Way-too-early Steelers 2024 Mock Draft: Training camp edition

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Steelers mock draft round 4: Jonah Monheim, OT

The Monheim Steamroller (all rights reserved) dictates the terms of almost every engagement. If he’s up against a bull rusher he gives as good as he gets. Going against speed he waits for his opponent to come to him and rides them around the pocket. He has the toughness you look for in a right tackle.

The Trojans like running behind Monheim so much that it looks like they're creating plays for him. They use him on inside traps. He punches holes for inside runs. They have him doing every kind of pull, sometimes all the way around the left tackle.

Monheim is also a lead blocker on screens. Monheim is the lynchpin of USC’s running game and has the movement skills of an offensive guard. He was ranked 4th among returning tackles by Pro Football Focus in 2022. He had an overall score of 82.0, with 85.1 pass blocking and 81.5 run blocking.

In 2022 he gave up no QB hits and no sacks. The one statistic that looks bad is his 21 QB hurries. That’s if you haven’t seen USC quarterback, Caleb Williams, in action. Williams routinely holds on to the ball way too long, I mean like two to three times what most QBs do. He also rarely stays in the pocket. The fact that Monheim could keep Williams untouched while he runs all over the place in almost every pass play is a minor miracle.

Monheim is here to challenge the perennially underperforming and way overpaid Chuks Okorafor at Right Tackle. At the very least he should make a capable swing sub, able to play both tackle and guard spots. Monheim may move up draft boards. If he does he’s definitely worth a 3rd Rd pick.