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Report: Injury Concern Causing Teams to Shy Away from Alabama C Landon Dickerson

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are absolutely in the market for a center to replace retired mainstay Maurkice Pouncey.

But the 2021 NFL Draft class is not a deep one at the position, and one of the top options has significant question marks.

Rimington Trophy winner Landon Dickerson is generally considered to be the best collegiate center in the country and would likely be a solid pick-up for any team in need of a solid man in the middle of their line.

But Dickerson’s injury history has some in the NFL debating whether he’s worth the kind of high pick his talent level rates.

According to Tony Pauline of The Draft Network, several teams would not draft Dickerson in the first five rounds due to his multiple ankle and knee injuries, including an ACL injury suffered in the 2020 SEC Championship Game.

It’s not clear if the Steelers are one of the teams that wouldn’t consider Dickerson, but they did send head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert to the Crimson Tide’s pro day in Tuscaloosa, but Dickerson did not work out and other top Alabama prospects Najee Harris and Alex Leatherwood were also in attendance.

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