The Pittsburgh Steelers needed to hit big in the 2023 NFL Draft.
They had two top-32 picks and had an opportunity to add a few starting-caliber players.
Looking at the Steelers draft class, it appears they made out very well.
In the first round, they added offensive tackle Broderick Jones, then with the 32nd overall pick they added Penn State cornerback Joey Porter Jr.
According to Alan Saunders, Steelers assistant GM Andy Weidl said the team was looking to be more physical and going to be tough.
Weidl on the #Steelers' team-building philosophy.
"We're going to be big, we're going to be physical, we're going to be tough."
— Alan Saunders (@ASaunders_PGH) May 5, 2023
The Steelers have always been known as a tough-nosed team.
It starts with their head coach Mike Tomlin and filters throughout their entire organization.
With playing in the AFC North, the Steelers will need to be physical.
Having to face the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens are always tough matchups for the Steelers.
This was the first draft for Steelers’ new GM Omar Khan.
It is safe to say he hit it out of the park with the haul the Steelers walked away with.
Pittsburgh walked away with one of the steals of the draft in tight end Darnell Washington.
He was projected to be a second-round pick, and the Steelers were able to pick him up in the third round.
Washington is a big, physical tight end that is lauded for his blocking ability.
He also has the athleticism to develop into a very good pass-catching tight end.
This was a great draft for the Steelers, and they should certainly be more physical in 2023.NEXT: Former Steelers OT Gives An Update About His NFL Future