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🏈 The 2023 NFL Draft ended on Saturday night, but mock drafts for 2024 are already out. Pro Football Focus has the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting Clemson inside linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr. at 10th overall in their way-too-early 2024 NFL mock draft. The draft order is based on Super Bowl LVIII odds.

“The son of former All-Pro linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Sr., the sophomore linebacker has lived up to his father’s name and then some,” Max Chadwick of PFF wrote.”The younger Trotter excels on passing plays, as he was the only Power Five linebacker with 80-plus grades as a pass-rusher and in coverage. Trotter was second in that same group in both passer rating allowed (42.9) and open target rate allowed (47.6%).”

Trotter’s dad, Jeremiah Trotter Sr., was a four-time Pro Bowl inside linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2000s. Trotter Jr. had a breakout season at Clemson in 2022, recording 89 tackles (50 solos), 6.5 sacks, 13.5 tackles for a loss, five passes defended and two interceptions, one of which was a pick-six. Trotter was rated a four-star recruit out of St. Joe’s Prep in Philadelphia, where he was teammates with Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr., the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Marin Harrison Sr. PFF had Harrison going to the Arizona Cardinals at No. 2 overall in their way-too-early mock draft.

🏈 Nick Herbig shared his emotional reaction to being drafted by the Steelers on Twitter.

🏈 According to Kent Lee Platte, the creator of RAS Football, the Steelers had an extremely athletic draft class. Only Nick Herbig had a below 8.00 grade at 7.75, which is still very respectable.

🏈 Executive director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl Jim Nagy revealed that “known medicals” were the reason why Steelers’ sixth-round pick Cory Trice Jr. didn’t get a Senior Bowl invite.

“Many people in league tipped us off in November and we thought he could fall all way out of draft, which almost happened,” Nagy tweeted. Trice was considered to be a third-round prospect prior to the medical concerns.

🏈 Todd McShay had Joey Porter Jr. as the “best value pick” in the 2023 NFL Draft.

“I had Porter at No. 23 on my big board, and outside of Kentucky QB Will Levis, he was the best available player entering Day 2.,” McShay wrote. “Pittsburgh took care of a big need in Round 1 by selecting offensive tackle Broderick Jones out of Georgia, but corner was still a hole leading into Friday night. The Steelers replaced soon-to-be 33-year-old Patrick Peterson, and they allowed 7.5 yards per attempt last season. 29th in the NFL. So yeah, I really like the Porter move at the top of Round 2.”

🏈 Pro Football Focus: Sam Monson’s favorite third-round pick of the 2023 NFL Draft was Darnell Washington.

🏈 Mike DeFabo of The Athletic posted a clip of Broderick Jones and Darnell Washington working together on a toss sweep blocking scheme at Georgia against Florida. Check out Jones’ block on Florida cornerback Jaydon Hill when he gets to the outside.

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