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Steelers Draft Digest: Jeremiah Sees Pittsburgh Targeting OL, HBCU Combine Interest

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Daniel Jeremiah sees the Steelers draft brass getting ready to go after an offensive lineman while they showcase some interest in a player at the HBCU Combine.

🏈: In Daniel Jeremiah’s second mock draft of the draft season, he has the Steelers addressing the offensive line. But it is not the tackle you probably expect. Instead, the Steelers land Tennessee OT Darnell Wright, and Jeremiah gave an interesting explanation.

On the Move to the Sticks podcast, Jeremiah dove more into the pick of Wright. It is far more than just the pick of Wright that he belives in, but more importantly, the fact that he belives the Steelers should look to upgrade their offensive line and do it in the first round.

“To me, I look at this and say the offensive line is going to get revamped,” Jeremiah said. “I believe that. How many starters they get, we’ll see. Could it be two or three? But this is a good draft to do a lot of that.”

Wright would make for an interesting fit in Pittsburgh. Would Wright train at right tackle or would the Steelers move Chuks Okorafor back to the left side? It could be something to watch, but there is reported interest from the Steelers in Wright, so the pick could be something that happens.

🏈: In the Athletic’s new beat writer mock draft, the Steelers look to take a top cornerback in Christian Gonzalez. This makes plenty of sense from a fit perspective and Gonzalez is a player that can fit many of the schemes that the Steelers end up running. So, the justification for the pick itself needed no introduction because it made so much sense right off the rip.

“In a perfect world, one of the top tackles would be available at No. 17 for the Steelers. With those guys off the board, the Steelers hit one of their other great needs they have rarely addressed in the first round in a quarter century β€” cornerback…Gonzalez is a 20-year-old redshirt sophomore and still will mature physically and mentally in the next few years.”

🏈: With general manager Omar Khan in attendance, it would not be surprising to see the Steelers see someone at the HBCU Combine they like. And that seems to have happened as Lane College edge rusher Andrew Farmer, who is a 6-foot-3, 250-pound tank, drew interest from the team according to Justin Melo of the Draft Network. They were not the only team, as the Patriots, Chargers, Commanders, and a bunch of other teams seem to be especially intrigued by Farmer.

At the HBCU Combine, Farmer ran 4.72 40-yard dash, a 38-inch vertical, 9-foot-10 broad jump, and spoke with 14 teams, including Pittsburgh.

🏈: One safety prospect is looking to make plenty of waves on his way to the NFL Combine. Trey Dean out of Florida is reportedly putting up 26 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press ahead of next week’s NFL Combine. The highest last year at the event was only 23, so Dean is putting up some impressive numbers that scouts will have to gawk at when they take into account his physicality.

🏈: Todd McShay mocked the Steelers Christian Gonzalez, another top cornerback, but this time, out of Oregon. That comes as a little surprising given the location of where the Steelers usually try and draft from, however, Gonzalez was up there as the best player available with most of the top offensive linemen gone. Could he land with the Steelers? It is possible, and he certainly will land with all the measurements that they will love to have in their cornerbacks.