The Pittsburgh Steelers, who are coming off a frustrating and disappointing 2022 season, just had what many feel was a very strong draft.
In the second round, they took cornerback Joey Porter Jr, the son of former Steelers star linebacker Joey Porter, and the No. 93 pick yielded tight end Darnell Washington, someone they have high hopes for.
With the No. 14 pick, Pittsburgh took Broderick Jones, an offensive tackle out of the University of Georgia.
General manager Omar Khan said that after spending a lot of time with the former Bulldog, he knew the man was a good fit for the team’s culture.
“You know, we just, we just felt like he was a Steeler,” said Khan. “He was just a very impressive young man and obviously he’s a good player and the future is bright for him. He hasn’t played a ton of football and you know there’s a lot of upside there.”
Jones, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs about 310 pounds, won the national championship with Georgia each of the last two seasons, and in 2021, he earned a spot on the 2021 SEC All-Freshman Team.
The Steelers are early in a rebuilding process just over a year after Ben Roethlisberger retired, and they’re hoping new quarterback Kenny Pickett, who was a rookie last season, will develop into a franchise signal-caller.
Getting him top-level protection is one task they must achieve in order to give him his best shot at succeeding.
They have two solid wide receivers in Diontae Johnson and George Pickens, as well as a stud running back in Najee Harris who had 1,034 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns plus three more scores in the air in 2022.
The Steelers are also hoping to improve on the defensive side of the football, especially after star pass rusher T.J. Watt played in just 10 games last season due to a pectoral injury.NEXT: Steelers Assistant GM Has A Message For The League