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ESPN’s Todd McShay has Steelers Drafting Virginia Tech OT Christian Darrisaw

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ESPN NFL Draft expert Todd McShay has released his latest mock draft, and has the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting an offensive tackle in the first round.

McShay is projecting the Steelers to draft Virginia Tech offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw with the No. 24-overall pick.

While McShay acknowledges Pittsburgh’s needs across the board, he believes those along the offensive line are most pressing, especially with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger likely returning next season.

He also points out that the Steelers could potentially lose all of their tackles with starting experience over the next two offseasons, beginning with left tackle Alejandro Villanueva this year.

Not only does Pittsburgh need to ensure protection for Roethlisberger or the next quarterback, but they also need to revitalize their run game. The Steelers had the league’s worst rush offense last season, averaging just 3.6 yards per carry.

Standing at 6-foot-5, 314 lbs, Darrisaw was a three-year starter for the Hokies. He made 34 career starts, and earned First-Team All-ACC honors in 2020.

Adept as both a pass and run blocker, Darrisaw helped lead Virginia Tech to the nation’s tenth-ranked rushing attack last season. Hokies also allowed just two sacks a game in pass protection.

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Devin Bush Shares Update on ACL Recovery

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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Devin Bush joined the Steelers Nation Unite Huddle with fans on Thursday and provided an update on his recovery from the knee injury that prematurely ended his 2020 season.

“Rehab is going good. I am on schedule,” said Bush. “I am feeling stronger week by week. I am trying to get ready physically for next year, especially for camp. I am just staying positive about things and doing everything I can possible to make myself one of the best players next year.”

While spending the better half of last season injured proved a challenge for Bush, those emotions have only added to his motivation throughout the recovery process.

“Missing the time with your teammates, coaches and everybody in the building,” said Bush. “It’s hard to be alone and watch football every Sunday, not able to participate. A lot of that motivation comes from that. As a competitor, motivation of coming back and being better is another motivator. Just sitting there and being able to take everything in and put that energy somewhere else. You have to put that inside your rehab and things you want to get accomplished next year.”

The time away also provided Bush a new perspective of the game.

“Wherever I was at the time, it allowed me to watch the game as a fan,” said Bush. “It allowed me to see the whole picture rather than be on the defensive side of the ball.”

Bush suffered the knee injury in the Steelers’ Week 6 win over the Cleveland Browns. Prior to the injury, Bush had 26 total tackles, a sack and three passes defended.

Selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft out of Michigan, Bush was named to the league’s All-Rookie team. He has tallied 135 combined tackles, nine tackles-for-loss, two interceptions, two sacks and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

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Should the Steelers Keep Mike Hilton or Cam Sutton?

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have a number of important players that are set to become free agents this offseason. The cap-strapped team will not be able to bring every player they like back, and that means making some tough decisions of who to prioritize.

Both Mike Hilton and Cam Sutton have become key contributors to the Pittsburgh secondary as slot cornerbacks. They both are arguably underrated in their own way.

If the Steelers can only keep one, and that’s likely the case, which cornerback should the Steelers retain between Hilton or Sutton?

Which cornerback should the Steelers keep?

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ESPN’s Mel Kiper Projects Alabama C Landon Dickerson to Steelers in Latest Mock Draft

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ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. predicted that the Pittsburgh Steelers will select Alabama center Landon Dickerson in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft in his latest mock draft.

Kiper, who released his second mock draft of the season on Thursday, has the Steelers staying with the No. 24 overall pick in the first round to take Dickerson in a mock draft that has three trades in the first round.

The 6-foot-6, 325-pound Alabama grad could play center or guard, but would be immediately be slotted in as a replacement for retired starter Maurkice Pouncey at center.

Dickerson spent his first three seasons at Florida State before transferring to Alabama in 2019. He started four games at right guard and nine games at center in 2019 and started at center in 2020, where he was the winner of the Rimington Trophy as the country’s best center.

Dickerson suffered an ACL injury in the SEC Championship Game in December and concerns regarding that injury have depressed Dickerson’s draft value, but he is generally considered to be the best center in the class and no worse than a second-round pick.

NFL Draft Scout also recently projected Dickerson to the Steelers in a mock draft.

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