From The Pitt To The Penthouse – Pittsburgh Steelers 2023 Draft Profile

Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers looked like they were on the verge of their first losing season since 2003. Despite the rocky start, they pulled it together to finish 9-8 and now have a solid foundation to build on. Last year’s draft class produced steady contributors and they now have another chance to add more young pieces to continue their success.

Anton Harrison, Tackle, Oklahoma

Brian Branch, Safety, Alabama

Garrett Williams, CB, Syracuse

The Steelers have a young quarterback under center and need to protect him in order to further his development. Anton Harrison is a large, athletic, and technically sound tackle who is ready out of the box. Harrison played in a Lincoln Riley offense, and is used to sitting and sliding in pass protection. His ability to kick out and isolate rushers in the run game is valuable as well. This will benefit both Kenny Pickett and Najee Harris as their careers progress.

Though the offense is on the up and up, the defense needs some work. The defensive backfield needs an injection of young talent, and Pittsburgh should look at the mid and late rounds to fill those spots. One player that can be snatched up in the second round is Brian Branch. With Terrell Edmunds departing for the Philadelphia Eagles, Branch could come in a fill that void. Branch is a thumper with good man coverage ability in the box. The Steelers value versatility in their safeties and Branch is as versatile as they come.

Sticking with versatile defensive backs, Pittsburgh could also look at a corner in the late rounds. Garrett Williams is a long corner who can play outside but has the hips to play in the slot as well. He has a very similar skill set to former Steeler Joe Haden, and shows excellent instincts in run defense. Williams could be a hidden gem on day three.

The Steelers need to nail this draft to keep pace in the competitive AFC North. They aren’t far behind and though they aren’t contenders at this stage, they are still part of the upper crust of the NFL.

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