Steelers mock draft round 6: Dylan McMahon, C/OG
The Steelers are in need of a good backup center with skills to fill other interior O-Line roles. McMahon played center in high school and has significant starting experience at center and both guard spots in college.
In 2022 he was pressed into service at center due to a starter’s injury. He’s slated to keep that role coming into the 2023 season. McMahon made Bruce Feldman’s ‘Freaks List’ at 63 when he “power-cleaned over 400 pounds and vertical-jumped 32 inches this off-season.” That upper body strength and athleticism show up in his play.
McMahon is a solid technician and a good zone blocker. He’s effective in the run game and shows good hand use and leg drive. He moves well in space and was called on to pull and trap block extensively. He has no problem making it to the second level and landing blocks on the run. According to the N.C. State website he has 78 pancake blocks for his career, so far.
A capable pass blocker, McMahon shows a strong core, good hand use, and footwork to deal with interior pass rushers. He quickly picks up stunts and twists. In 2022 he gave up 10 QB hurries, two QB hits, and one sack while starting at right guard for most of the season and center the last four games. His PFF score is ridiculously low with 63.5 overall, 65.0 pass blocking, and 67.0 run blocking. After watching four games where McMahon played both center and guard, I would say those scores are about 8 to 10 points too low across the board.
In the game against Boston College McMahon went from RG to center mid-game and didn’t miss a beat. He looked very comfortable manning the position and calling out protections and assignments. He’s achieved all-academic honors, so he has the smarts teams look for in a center.