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2021 NFL Draft: BTSC Steelers Big Board, Interior Offensive Line

Ranking and analyzing the top 24 interior offensive linemen in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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With the retirement of longtime center Maurkice Pouncey, the Steelers’ interior offensive line has become the subject of much draft talk over the past few weeks.

It’s a position that the Steelers will doubtlessly be looking into during the draft process, and although there’s not much first round talent this year’s group of interior linemen, it’s still a sneaky strong class.

This year’s group of centers and guards is mainly comprised of strong run-blockers with varying levels of athleticism. Positional versatility and having played for a notable college program are common themes as well.

You can bet that the Steelers have done their homework on on the many interior linemen in this year’s draft, and we’ve done our best to get some scouting done as well here at BTSC. The main rankings are steelerfan11’s, while the analysis is a collaborative effort. SNW’s consensus rankings are an average of where the prospects appeared on big boards (ranking all positions) from other draft websites to see where the prospects stack up elsewhere. The websites, in order, are CBS Sports, Drafttek, ESPN, Mock Draft Database, and Tankathon.

We’re always looking for more contributors to add their thoughts to the board, and if you’re interested please let us know in the comments below so you can add to later editions. All draft discussion is appreciated as well.

In case you missed it, make sure to check out the first five installments of the board: Quarterbacks, Running Backs, Wide Receivers (Part 1), Wide Receivers (Part 2), and Tight Ends.

There’s a good change one or two of the players listed below will be donning the black and gold this NFL season, so let’s get to the rankings.

1. Alijah Vera-Tucker — Jr, #75, 6’4”, 315 lbs, — USC G/T
Top 25 grade
Consensus ranking: 24 (19, 32, 21, 29, 19)
2020 season stats: (6 games)

steelerfan11: Vera-Tucker was asked to move to left tackle and fill the void that Austin Jackson left. He wasn’t too bad, but he is much better suited at guard. He has quick hands and does a good job of landing his punches, and his body control is superb. His mobility is very good for an interior lineman as well, showing the ability to consistently get to the second level of the defense. He also displays a good pad level in the run game. Overall, Vera-Tucker brings a nice balance of upside and NFL readiness, and he could be gone by the time we get to pick 15.

Ryland B.: Vera-Tucker is a highly athletic offensive lineman, with the ideal versatility you want to see in an NFL lineman. While he projects best as a guard on the next level, he played tackle during his final year at USC and more than held his own. He plays with good hand-usage and leverage, and has solid size as well. His athletic ability, size, competitiveness, and versatility make him a very solid prospect who will likely go in the top 20 picks of the draft.

2. Trey Smith — Sr, #73, 6’6”, 330 lbs, — Tennessee G
Mid 2nd round grade
Consensus ranking: 47 (28, 39, 70, 48, 50)
2020 season stats: (10 games)

steelerfan11: Smith played left tackle in 2017 for the Volunteers before having issues with blood clots in his lungs in 2018. The former five-star recruit was able to get the issue resolved in time to play in 2019, but he moved inside to guard, which turned out to be the right move. Smith was much more dominant at guard and became one of the best run-blocking guards in the country while holding his own as a pass protector. In 2020, he was not quite as quick on his feet, and he struggled to win the battle for leverage. However, I like his game as a whole, and I believe he has a chance to be an absolutely dominant run-blocking guard.

Ryland B.: Trey Smith has had a rollercoaster of a college career, starting off at the tackle position and being primarily known for his pass-blocking ability, with some knocks on the level of aggressiveness in his play. However, things change, and Smith ended up playing guard, where he began to really shine in run blocking and finally showing off some aggressiveness. Another good athlete for the position, Smith is an extremely powerful guard with exceptional strength and size. And while run blocking is now his specialty, he is above average in pass protection, and his ability to play tackle is a plus as well. His blocking technique can be a little lacking, though. Some concerns could remain regarding Smith’s health issues earlier on his career, and he can still be a little lacking in effort at times, but overall you’re looking at a really good young guard.

3. Landon Dickerson — Sr, #69, 6’6’’, 325 lbs, — Alabama C
Mid 2nd round grade
Consensus ranking: 67 (76, 59, 93, 56, 52)
2020 season stats: (12 games)

steelerfan11: Dickerson is a transfer from Florida State who made the most of his opportunities in his two seasons at Alabama. He isn’t the most athletically gifted interior lineman, but he is a mauler who is relentless and has good functional strength. He isn’t terribly mobile and won’t do much pulling at the next level, but his pad level and hand usage allow him to dominate when he is kept on the inside and not asked to pull. Durability is a serious problem though, as he has had noteworthy lower body injuries in four of the last five seasons. Two of those were knee injuries, which are sometimes difficult for bigger athletes to recover from. Also, Jordan Reid from The Draft Network seems to think that he is best suited in a man blocking or power scheme. The Steelers coaching staff moves make me tend to think that we may be running more zone concepts in the future, but still, a player like Dickerson may be tough to pass up if he is available in round two.

Ryland B.: If it wasn’t for Dickerson’s extensive injury history, I’d have a much higher grade on him. Dickerson is a technically sound, smart center with good size and strength who plays very aggressively. He’s a proven winner and leader as well. His strength and physicality shine in his run blocking, and he is good in pass protection thanks to his football IQ and technical ability. Besides the injuries, Dickerson’s weaknesses involve his overall athleticism, as he isn’t a bad athlete, but he isn’t particularly great and isn’t the most mobile. He’s fairly strong though and shined at the SEC level, so there isn’t a whole lot to worry about there. If Dickerson can stay healthy he’ll be a very good NFL center. If you’re interested in reading more in-depth analysis on him, check out K.T. Smith’s extensive breakdown on Dickerson HERE.

4. Wyatt Davis — Jr, #52, 6’4”, 315 lbs, — Ohio State G
Mid 2nd round grade
Consensus ranking: 33 (NA, NA, NA, 29, 37)
2020 season stats: (8 games)

steelerfan11: Davis has the bloodlines and the talent to become an elite guard, but he needs to become more consistent. He flashes great power, but he doesn’t show it week in and week out. Although he takes punches well, he gives up his upper body too often. He also loses the battle for leverage as a pass-blocker on too many occasions. However, he has good mobility, which allows him to get to the second level as a run blocker. He isn’t as versatile as some of the other linemen in this class, but he has a chance to be a special guard if he can clean up some of the inconsistencies in his game.

Ryland B.: There’s a lot to like about Wyatt Davis. He’s a powerful, athletic guard who has been a starter for a while on one of the better lines in college football. He’s a mauler who can move defenders in the run game, and he’s pretty solid in pass protection. Davis isn’t the most polished player at his position, as he can get pushed back sometimes and can struggle staying on a block. However, he’s an experienced, high-upside prospect overall who is still a safe pick in the early rounds.

5. Trey Hill — Jr, #55, 6’4”, 330 lbs, — Georgia C/G
Late 2nd round grade
Consensus ranking: 113 (148, 123, NA, 88, 91)
2020 season stats: (8 games)

steelerfan11: If you ever read my comments about my hopes for the Steelers this offseason, Trey Hill has probably been mentioned at some point in time. Hill just turned 21 and still has a lot of room to grow as a prospect, but he could start from day one if the Steelers needed him to be. He gets good leverage, uses his hands well, and maintains a low pad level. He has excellent power and is an absolute mauler in the run game, and I believe his ability to get to the second level of the defense is way better than what your average scouting report on him will say. While he has sufficient mobility and has shown the ability to pull as either a center or guard, he isn’t super light on his feet. If he remains at center, he may want to drop a couple pounds, but I would love to see Hill next to Kevin Dotson on that offensive line. I believe that Hill is one of the most underrated players in this draft. If he is still there on day three, some team is getting an absolute steal.

Ryland B.: Hill was a center for Georgia last year, but he’s played a bit at guard during his college career, a position some think he’d be a better fit at on the NFL level. He’s pretty big for a center, and as a result is a powerful lineman who’s hard to move through or around. He’s another mauler-type of prospect, but he doesn’t have the same level of athleticism as some of the other guys in this class. He’s technically sound and plays with good strength, but if you’re looking for another mobile Maurkice Pouncey-type interior lineman, Hill isn’t it. He’s had some knee issues as well during his college career, but nothing that seems like a red flag. Still, there’s a lot to like about Hill, and I think his high floor will allow him to be an instant starter in the NFL.

6. Creed Humphrey — Jr, #56, 6’5”, 320 lbs, — Oklahoma C
Late 2nd round grade
Consensus ranking: 58 (96, 40, 51, 44, 61)
2020 season stats: (11 games)

steelerfan11: Humphrey was the consensus number one center and a potential first round pick this past summer, but the 2020 season showed some physical limitations. He isn’t very mobile and won’t do much pulling, but he is an incredibly smart player who displays excellent toughness. Being a left-handed center could cause issues depending on the quarterback that he is snapping the ball to, but his experience, consistency, and leadership on Oklahoma’s offensive line makes him a high floor prospect. His ceiling can be debated.

Ryland B.: Humphrey may not be the greatest athlete, but he’s made the best of what he has and was one of the best centers in college football during his time at Oklahoma. A former wrestler, he plays with good functional strength and excellent leverage. He’s a proven leader with a great football IQ as well. As steelerfan11 notes, being left-handed might cause some issues, but that shouldn’t drop him on many boards (could it raise him on Miami’s?). In the right conditions, Humphrey is the type of player who could be a long-time starter in the NFL.

7. Quinn Meinerz — Sr, #77, 6’3”, 320 lbs — UW-Whitewater C/G
Mid 3rd round grade
Consensus ranking: 157 (NA, 130, 176, 165, NA)
2020 season stats: (0 games)
2019 season stats: (15 games)

steelerfan11: Meinerz played his entire collegiate career at guard until his senior season. After an offseason of, well, interesting training, he made the move to center and played at a really high level for Wisconsin-Whitewater. He was still somewhat of an unknown commodity up until a few weeks ago when he shined at the Senior Bowl. He consistently won in one-on-one drills and showed his toughness and attitude as a blocker. His personality, style of play, and hair all make Ryan Jensen a logical comparison. I’m not saying that he will become one of the top two or three centers in football and go on to win a super bowl like Jensen, but he does not seem to be as raw a prospect as the initial scouting reports were saying. The NFL is quite a leap from Division III college football, but Meinerz has the toughness and moxie to be a really good interior lineman down the road.

Ryland B.: An underwhelming athlete from a small school, Meinerz may have slipped under the radar for much of his career, but his stock has slowly risen as the draft draws nearer, partially thanks to a strong Senior Bowl performance. He’s a big, extremely strong prospect with good position versatility as both a guard and center, who has a real mean streak as a blocker. He’s still rather raw all-around, and the physical limitations could be an issue, but Meinerz has the strength, work ethic, and attitude to be an NFL starter. If Meinerz can be put in a scheme that fits his strengths, he could be a valuable pick in the middle rounds.

8. Aaron Banks — Jr, #69, 6’5”, 330 lbs, — Notre Dame G
Late 3rd round grade
Consensus ranking: 136 (126, 119, 172, 128, NA)
2020 season stats: (12 games)

steelerfan11: Banks was part of that veteran offensive line for Notre Dame that enjoyed a lot of success the past couple seasons. He is a durable player who has good lower body strength and a solid pad level. He is not very mobile and does not move well laterally, but he is consistent as both a pass blocker and run blocker. Banks’ ceiling will be limited, especially in zone concepts, but he seems to have a pretty safe floor.

Ryland B.: The definition of a high floor, low ceiling prospect, Banks is an experienced guard with solid strength, a good build, and great blocking technique. He won’t blow anyone away as an athlete, but he still has good power although he’s not very mobile. Banks has enough tools to be a decent starter at the NFL level, though on some teams he’d probably just be quality depth.

9. Josh Meyers — Jr, #71, 6’5’’, 312 lbs, — Ohio State C
Early 4th round grade
Consensus ranking: 83 (51, 76, 117, 84, 86)
2020 season stats: (7 games)

steelerfan11: I watched Meyers multiple times this season but never came away terribly impressed. He showed some power but not elite functional strength, and he didn’t impose his will as a run-blocker like Dickerson and Hill. His communication skills did not seem to be the greatest this year either, as I noticed multiple occasions (two of them just against Indiana) where the line seemed to have no clue what they were supposed to do. Meyers looked absolutely lost on both occasions against Indiana. That is a concern for me, and the same goes for his lack of short-area quickness. He does have good lateral mobility and the ability to pull, but I don’t think he will ever be better than average.

Ryland B.: Another limited athlete with a solid floor, Meyers had a successful career at Ohio State as one of the better centers in college football. He has a good frame and plays with some power and good technique, and is pretty mobile. However, he isn’t very explosive, and he struggles blocking in space. He could start in the NFL, but he lacks the ideal athleticism and upside for the position.

10. Deonte Brown — Sr, #65, 6’4’’, 350 lbs, — Alabama G
Early 4th round grade
Consensus ranking: 77 (36, 86, 95, 91, 76)
2020 season stats: (13 games)

steelerfan11: Brown has some off-field baggage, and he needs to get his weight under control, but the talent is there. He is an absolute mauler in the run game, displaying excellent strength and awareness. He struggles when he doesn’t lay his hands on the defender first, and he lacks the mobility or agility to get to the second level of the defense. His ceiling is high due to his talent and size, but that size could be a double-edged sword. In my mind, he is a pure boom-or-bust prospect.

Ryland B.: Brown is one of my favorite prospects in this class, simply because if he turns out well, the team that picked him will sure be glad they did. He’s a massive individual with surprising athleticism for someone his size. Unsurprisingly, he’s best in the run game where he can use his strength and size to bully defenders. He shows good technique in pass protection, and while he isn’t that agile, he can pull and get to the second level as well as anyone in this class. If he could drop some weight it might really improve his mobility, and he’d still be one of the biggest guys on the field. Some suspensions during his college career, paired with some weight issues, are the big red flags on Brown’s scouting profile. That being said, an athletic, 350+ pound guard would be a great addition to any offensive line, and if Brown is available in the middle rounds, his upside would certainly make him worth the pick.

11. Ben Cleveland — Sr, #74, 6’6”, 354 lbs — Georgia G
Mid 4th round grade
Consensus ranking: 114 (NA, 57, 214, 105, 81)
2020 season stats: (9 games)

steelerfan11: Cleveland is a powerful guard who has good hand usage and above average power. He doesn’t have a ton of positional versatility, and his lateral mobility is nothing to write home about, but he finishes his blocks when he locks on to his defender, and he has good overall awareness. He may be limited to power running schemes, but he is a good competitor that will bring loads of physicality to the team that drafts him.

12. David Moore — Sr, #60, 6’3”, 320 lbs, — Grambling State G
Late 4th round grade
Consensus ranking: 223 (NA, 312, 184, 171, NA)
2020 season stats: (0 games)
2019 season stats: (9 games)

Ryland B.: Moore is an athletic, high-upside guard, who really dominated in 2019 against Grambling State’s FCS competition. He’s big, strong, and powerful, with good mobility and quickness. He’s a very aggressive blocker, which can also work against him, as he can often lunge forward too much. Moore’s superior athleticism masked a lot of his technical inconsistencies in college, which will be more easily exposed in the NFL. However, Moore has a lot of upside and the right attitude, and a good coach could turn him into a very good lineman on the next level.

13. Drake Jackson — Sr, #52, 6’2’’, 292 lbs, — Kentucky C
Early 5th round grade
Consensus ranking: 132 (129, 107, NA, 160, NA)
2020 season stats: (10 games)

steelerfan11: Jackson does not have the length that some of the other prospects bring to the table, but he has starter potential. Jackson is fairly quick on his feet and has enough functional strength to hold his own against 0-Tech and 1-Tech defenders. He does not have guard versatility like some of the other centers, but he has good hand usage and anchors well. He is somewhat limited physically, but he could become a decent starter in the right scheme.

14. Jimmy Morrissey — Sr, #67, 6’3”, 305 lbs, — Pittsburgh C
Mid 5th round grade
Consensus ranking: 193 (NA, 169, 202, 209, NA)
2020 season stats: (11 games)

Ryland B.: Morrissey made the Pitt roster as a walk on and never looked back, developing into a four year starter with some impressive accolades gained over his career. He lacks some of the ideal traits of a starting center, as he’s not being the most athletic, powerful, or aggressive, but he shined in the technical side of things. Morrisey plays with a high football IQ, good hand placement and pad level, and a consistent level of play. I’m not sure if he has starter upside, but he’d be great depth who wouldn’t lose his team the game if he got called up. The Pitt connection makes him an interesting prospect for the Steelers as well.

15. Ryan McCollum — Sr, #77, 6’5’’, 300 lbs, — Texas A&M C
Late 5th round grade
Consensus ranking: 226 (NA, 226, NA, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: (9 games)

steelerfan11: Texas A&M had maybe the best offensive line in the country outside of Alabama, and the experienced McCollum was a big part of that. While he may not have the upside of his teammates Carson Green and Dan Moore, he is a fundamentally sound player that provides center/guard versatility. Functional strength is lacking, but he has solid footwork and gets good hand positioning. He could be a very nice depth lineman with the upside to be a spot starter in the right scheme.

16. Kendrick Green — Jr, #53, 6’4”, 315 lbs, — Illinois G/C
Late 5th round grade
Consensus ranking: 250 (NA, 285, NA, 215, NA)
2020 season stats: (8 games, 3 @Center)

Ryland B.: Green is an interesting prospect coming out of Illinois. He has played at both guard and center during his time in college, but is still fairly new to the position, having a background on the defensive side of the ball. He’s a good athlete with solid mobility and power, but he’s very developmental all around. The ability is there but the technique is not, although considering how much has been thrown at Green during his time at Illinois, the best may still be yet to come. Overall, he’s quite the project, but with some good coaching he could be something special.

17. Robert Jones — Sr, #64, 6’5”, 330 lbs, — Middle Tennessee G
6th round grade
Consensus ranking: 186 (125, NA, 179, 255, NA)
2020 season stats: (8 games)

steelerfan11: Jones is a mauler who has the mobility to get to the second level of the defense in the run game. He played some tackle in college, but his lack of elite athleticism will likely keep him at guard in the NFL. Jones’ strong hands make him an effective run blocker, but he is occasionally slow out of his stance, allowing for defenders to win the battle for leverage. Overall, Jones has the upside to be a down-the-line starter, but he is best suited in a power running scheme.

18. Tommy Kraemer — Sr, #75, 6’6”, 317 lbs, — Notre Dame G
6th round grade
Consensus ranking: 190 (NA, 165, NA, 214, NA)
2020 season stats: (12 games)

Ryland B.: Another member of Notre Dame’s veteran offensive line, Kraemer is a big, run-blocking guard who excelled in the Fighting Irish’s physical brand of football. Kraemer has a lot of experience as well as some versatility, as he can play at the tackle position (he’s best suited for guard, though). He’s a physical presence up front who won’t wow anyone with athleticism, but he can move people out of the way quite well. Kraemer isn’t the greatest in pass protection and will likely struggle against speedier rushers at the NFL level, but he could be a valuable mauler in the right scheme.

19. Baveon Johnson — Sr, #51, 6’3”, 307 lbs, — Florida State C/G
6th round grade
Consensus ranking: NA (NA, NA, NA, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: (9 games)

steelerfan11: Johnson was listed at 340 pounds when he committed to Florida State, but he has lost over thirty pounds and become much more fluid coming out of his stance. The former four-star recruit still has some power to his game, but it is no longer what his game lives or dies upon. His footwork is still a bit inconsistent, but it has improved over his two seasons as a starter. He still has some technical things to work on, but he has the talent to develop into a starting offensive lineman. However, the team that drafts him will have to be patient with him.

20. James Empey — Jr, #66, 6’4”, 303 lbs, — BYU C
6th round grade
Consensus ranking: NA (NA, NA, NA, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: (8 games)

Ryland B.: Empey is undersized for his position and isn’t a great athlete, but there are still some things to like about his game. He’s a smart player who’s fairly well-developed and uses his smaller size to his advantage, being pretty quick on his feet for an offensive lineman. However, his size is a real concern at the NFL level, and he lacks the ideal strength, power, and aggressiveness you’d like to see. He can get pushed back very easily, and if that was a problem on BYU’s weaker schedule, it will definitely be one in the NFL. Overall, Empey is a late round/UDFA with little to no upside, but I think that he could be a solid bottom of the roster/practice squad-type player who’s football IQ is still a valuable asset.

21. Kevin Jarvis — Jr, #75, 6’6”, 325 lbs, — Michigan State G/T
6th round grade
Consensus ranking: NA (NA, NA, NA, NA, NA)
2020 season stats: (7 games)

steelerfan11: Jarvis has a good bit of experience at guard for the Spartans. He does a good job of getting to the second level and finishing his blocks,but he will play over his feet at times and lose his balance. He isn’t very quick off the snap either, but he has some versatility and has held his own as a pass protector wherever he has lined up. There is some starter potential here, but considering his experience, one would hope that he would be more technically sound than what he is at this point.

22. Jack Anderson — Jr, #56, 6’5”, 315 lbs, — Texas Tech G
6th round grade
Consensus ranking: 167 (NA, 156, 139, 206, NA)
2020 season stats: (10 games)

Ryland B.: Anderson is a decent athlete who brings a lot of experience to the table. He’s best in pass protection, but has a solid all-around skillset. He has good size and is pretty solid technically, with good hand placement and balance. He has good strength and racked up some accolades in the Big 12. Anderson doesn’t have a ton of upside, but he’s still a good late round prospect who could develop into a decent starter.

23. Royce Newman — Sr, #72, 6’6’’, 310 lbs, — Ole Miss G/T
7th round/UDFA grade
Consensus ranking: 270 (NA, 335, 216, 259, NA)
2020 season stats: (10 games)

steelerfan11: Newman may never be a starter, but he could make a very good backup that can line up at multiple positions. He may be better suited at guard, but he played tackle in college as well. He has good footwork and mirrors fairly well when lined up at tackle, but he doesn’t have the power or strength to move people in the run game. His mobility could allow him to stay at tackle, but his lack of strength could really be exposed if he is faced with an ultra-athletic pass rusher.

24. Sadarius Hutcherson — Sr, #50, 6’4”, 320 lbs, — South Carolina G
7th round/UDFA grade
Consensus ranking: 188 (NA, 171, NA, 205, NA)
2020 season stats: (10 games)

Ryland B.: A good run-blocker with versatility and lots of experience at the SEC level, Hutcherson could turn out to be quite the steal. He’s a good athlete who plays with great power and aggressiveness, but he’s rather underdeveloped and can be inconsistent. He’s the type of player who is best selected in the later rounds with the hope of developing into a starter farther down the road.

Notable prospects who decided to return to school for 2021:

Iowa C Tyler Linderbaum

Boston College C Alec Lindstrom

Virginia Tech C Brock Hoffman

LSU G Ed Ingram

Should the Steelers draft an interior lineman in the 2021 NFL Draft?

steelerfan11: This answer is a rather obvious yes after the retirement of Maurkice Pouncey, but it will be interesting to see how the Steelers attempt to fill his shoes. The Steelers have always valued the center position and have generally built the line from the inside out. Going off of that, it would make sense for the Steelers to address center before offensive tackle, but there are no centers worthy of a first round pick. Also, the difference in a center that the Steelers could get in round three or four compared to one they could get in round one or two is minimal this year. I have Landon Dickerson rated slightly higher than Trey Hill, but I really don’t think there is a huge gap between the prospects. However, Landon Dickerson may be gone before the Steelers are on the clock at 55, while Trey Hill could still be sitting there in the 4th round. To me, the ideal situation would be to bring back B.J. Finney to play center for Ben’s last season (assuming Ben returns for 2021) and then draft Trey Hill or Quinn Meinerz in round three or four. I believe that they are the best value picks at the position, and it will allow the Steelers to use their first two picks on left tackle and either running back, tight end, or the best available defensive player. I think that Trey Hill playing next to Kevin Dotson on the interior could be special, specifically in the running game. Only time will tell as to whether the Steelers will go that route, but I would wait until the middle rounds to grab my center.

Ryland B.: We’ve grouped the interior linemen together for the big board, but I’ll split up my analysis between the center and guard positions for this section. At center, the Steelers absolutely need to upgrade the position, as Maurkice Pouncey’s retirement left J.C. Hassenauer as the starter there, which is less than ideal. I fully expect the Steelers to bring in a solid free agent at this position, as well as pursuing the position through the draft. The problem is that there’s no good value there in the first round in this year’s center class, but Pittsburgh might be picking too late in the second round to get a potential starter. Dickerson, Hill, and Humphrey are all viable options in the second and third rounds, but if the Steelers miss out on them Kevin Colbert will likely have a backup plan in place, whether it’s a veteran stopgap or a late round steal.

At guard, Pittsburgh’s starters seem set for 2021 in Kevin Dotson and David DeCastro, and the team could still end up holding onto Matt Feiler in free agency. However, Feiler is likely on his way out, and isn’t a long term answer, and DeCastro will retire in the next year or two. Someone like Wyatt Davis or Deonte Brown could be a great pick to develop for the future, but don’t be surprised if the team doesn’t seriously address the position until next year.


When should the Steelers draft an interior offensive lineman in the 2021 NFL Draft?

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    Rounds 2-3
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