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Steelers Draft Washington OT Troy Fautanu in New Mock Draft

The Pittsburgh Steelers land Washington offensive tackle Troy Fautanu in a new mock draft, giving them an athletic player.



Pittsburgh Steelers 2024 NFL Draft Prospect Troy Fautanu

The Pittsburgh Steelers have several options for tackle at the 20th overall pick as it stands before the draft, and with the deep class, it would seem likely that the team dips into that depth. And it seems the team is interested in the guys from the west coast, as Steelers offensive line coach Pat Meyer was in Seattle for Washington Pro Day, according to Huskies Wire’s Alex Katson.

According to Jordan Schultz, the Steelers, potentially Meyer, met with tackle Troy Fautanu before the team’s pro day. That’s another sign of interest for Fautanu. The team will host him for a 30 visit in the future, according to Schultz, and sources have confirmed with Steelers Now.

But could Fautanu maybe not just be a tackle option, but an option at center? The Athletic’s Dane Brugler believes that Fautanu is five-spot versatile and could fit in there.

“Overall, Fautanu is explosive on the move and at contact with the foot quickness, body control and temperament to stack wins in both pass protection and as a run blocker in the NFL. While he has the talent to remain at tackle, his skill set also projects well to guard and center and he offers legitimate five-position potential at the next level,” Brugler wrote in the Beast, his draft guide.

And in the 33rd Team’s latest mock draft, Fautanu lands in Pittsburgh.

“The order in which the second-tier linemen go will be fascinating because each player has different strengths. Troy Fautanu can play tackle or guard but has earned the right to start on the edge first. He’s strong, technically sound and reliable enough to plug into the Pittsburgh Steelers’ left tackle opening across from Broderick Jones,” they wrote.

Fautanu is the group sleeper not discussed nearly enough among Steelers fans, but he makes sense. He measured with 34 1/2-inch arms at the NFL Combine. The Steelers under Andy Weidl and Omar Khan have strategically put the cut off line around that mark. Fautanu checks the box, which puts him in the mix at 20th overall. Add on a 1.71 10-yard split and an impressive set of position drills, and this needs to be at least thought of significantly.

The unaddressed problem with that scenario is that the Steelers have all three of their top guards from 2023 under contract for the 2024 season. So how would Fautanu slot into a starting lineup beside Jones? Or could he slide right in at center and be five position cersatile

One way would be for starting right guard James Daniels to move to center to replace Mason Cole. Though Daniels has not played a single snap of center in his two seasons with the Steelers, he did take about 500 snaps there with the Chicago Bears back in 2019. It’s unclear if Daniels would even be interested in such a move. But if Fautanu can become a tackle or center, there will no questions to answer. He simply can stick it out, and his movement skills are an excellent fit in Arthur Smith’s scheme.