2023 NFL Draft
Nasty Tackle Wanted? Steelers Send OL Coach Pat Meyer, Tomlin, Khan to Ohio State Pro Day
COLUMBUS, OHIO — The Steelers sent a large contingent to Ohio State Pro Day in Columbus, including head coach Mike Tomlin, general manager Omar Khan, and offensive line coach Pat Meyer.
Among the five credentialed Steelers members at the pro day, senior scouting assistant Phil Kreidler and area scout Kelvin Fisher were also on hand to watch the players compete.
All of the players, including linemen Luke Wypler, Paris Johnson Jr., and Dawand Iones present significant players for the Steelers to target along the offensive line. Meanwhile, wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, edge rusher Zach Harrison, and safety Ronnie Hickman present other significant opportunities for the Steelers.
Tomlin, Khan, and Dan Rooney Jr. dined with Jones, Johnson, Wypler, and Harrison on Tuesday night. That showcases significant interest in a university that the Steelers love to go to every year for the pro day circuit.
Jones was down at the Senior Bowl, while all three offensive linemen were at the NFL Combine. None of the linemen ran the 40 yard dash at Ohio State pro day, though they were never asked to do that after the NFL Combine.
Jones and Johnson project to be potential first round picks, or in Jones’ case, a potential early second round pick. Wypler should find his home on day two as well. Meyer kept a watchful eye on all the lineman as they went through their drills.
Meanwhile, the Steelers’ interest in Will McDonald IV at Iowa State suggests that the team is at least considering using the draft to fill its need for edge rusher depth, and Harrison could fit that bill if the Steelers don’t get one in the first round.
Johnson and Wypler did all the position drills but Jones did not work out. Still, Meyer and company were on close watch as the team keeps an eye on just who they want at offensive line.