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Steelers Draft Grades: Spencer Anderson Boosts Versatility



Steelers Draft Spencer Anderson

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers draft was bolstered once again with the addition in Spencer Anderson to the class as the Steelers continue to add to their project of completely redoing their offensive line. However, just how does this one grade out on the scale?

The first thing is that Anderson is among the more versatile players in the entire draft. He has started at all five spots in his college career, and that is truly just rare versatility. The only other players that truly fit that mold in this class that I can think of right now are Jerome Calvin and Tyler Steen. So, for that mark, Anderson is an interesting, unique player. It seems that continues to be a theme for Pittsburgh in this class.

Something interesting about Green is that he practices snapping basically every day. I have to imagine the Steelers are interested in looking deep into that part of his game. With Nate Herbig and James Daniels having center experience, it is not a complete necessity, but Anderson could be the swing guy that does a little bit of everything. In other words, think of a more athletic John Leglue in terms of versatility and fit with Anderson and what he can bring to the table there.

The tape reveals a player who is not flashy, but is consistent and smart. I don’t think Anderson will ever knock your socks off as a fan. He is not the type of lineman to bury guys into the ground, like Broderick Jones. However, Anderson can pick up twists well and I like his core strength at all the places he played at overall. We’ll see how quickly Anderson picks up the offense but the Steelers draft needs did list a backup center as something they needed. Anderson checks that box off.

It’s hard to be made in much capacity at the No. 251 overall selection. After all, in this stage of the game, you’re throwing darts at the board and trying to maybe hit the ancillary targets, not even the bullseye. Either that or your bullseye has expanded in scope. I find this pick to make sense for Pittsburgh, even if I think it is a run-of-the-mill, standard selection.

Grade: B-