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Steelers Draft Digest: Big Lineman in Mock; Tropical Bowl Meetings

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2023 NFL Draft Steelers Draft O'Cyrus Torrence

A big offensive lineman landed with the Steelers draft pick at 17th overall and the meeting season starts and Pittsburgh met with an NAIA prospect at the Tropical Bowl.

🏈: The Steelers are starting to meet with players in the 2023 NFL Draft, and they hit it off at the Tropical Bowl right away. Pittsburgh was one of four teams who met with Bethel University defensive tackle Nick Andrews during Bowl week. A 6-foot-4, 285-pound player, Bethel forced a fumble and registered a sack in his senior season. It is the second reported Steelers meeting of the cycle along with Justin Ford, a cornerback out of Montana, who they met at the Hula Bowl.

🏈: Continuing the Tropical Bowl meetings, the Steelers draft process continued forward, meeting with Virginia Tech LB prospect Dax Hollifield. Pittsburgh was one of a few teams to meet with Hollifield, who racked up 82 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, and forced two fumbles in his senior season with the Hokies.

🏈: For a prospect that has been linked to the Steelers often, it appears that Penn State CB Joey Porter Jr. has elite length for the position. Apparently, Porter reportedly has 35-inch arms, which would put him in the elite tier of prospects of all-time. That could be some truly eye-popping numbers in Indianapolis if it comes to fruition.

🏈: In his first mock draft of the draft season, NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah offered up an interesting name that in the sphere draft talk Steelers draft talk is seldom mentioned. He has Pittsburgh taking Florida guard O’Cyrus Torrence with the pick to fortify their offensive line.

The Steelers must address the interior of the offensive line this offseason, and Torrence is a big, powerful man,” Jeremiah wrote. “Pittsburgh could probably slide back and still get him in the 20s.”

Torrence is the former teammate of Kevin Dotson where they played together at Louisiana-Lafeyette. He is not one of the talk tackles, but he could be a fascinating player to add to the offensive line. Since 17th overall is shaping up to be a best player available pick for Pittsburgh, Torrence could make some sense.

🏈: 69 players were granted special eligibility for the 2023 NFL Draft. Among those players were Pitt players Israel Abanikanda, Calijah Kancey, and Brandon Hill, and key potential targets such as Jordan Addison, Bryan Bresee, and Broderick Jones.
🏈: The Senior Bowl revealed the National and American team offensive lines on Friday. Those teams will be as follows:
American:
Steve Avila, TCU
Matthew Bergeron, Syracuse
Nick Broeker, Ole Miss
Emil Ekiyor, Alabama
Richard Gouraige, Florida
Wanya Morris Jr., Oklahoma
John Michael Schmitz, Minnesota
Tyler Steen, Alabama
O’Cyrus Torrence, Florida
Darnell Wright, Tennessee
Nick Saldiveri, Old Dominion
National:
Jake Andrews, Troy
McClendon Curtis, Chattanooga
Jaelyn Duncan, Maryland
Blake Freeland, BYU
Ryan Hayes, Michigan
Dawand Jones, Ohio State
Cody Mauch, North Dakota State
Olusegun Olutatimi, Michigan
Jarrett Patterson, Notre Dame
Asim Richards, North Carolina
Andrew Vorhees, USC
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