Behind The Steel Curtain

● By Andrew Wilbar
The 2022 NFL Draft is officially in the books, and, after getting minimal sleep over the past couple weeks, I am somewhat glad about it. However, we cannot officially put a bow on the 2022 draft cycle without a way-too-early glance at the 2023 draft class. With that being said, I am happy to release to you my annual way-too-early mock draft. After the selection of Kenny Pickett this year, quarterback is more than likely off the board for the Steelers next year. Wide receiver could be in play, but much will depend on whether Diontae Johnson gets locked up long-term or not. Personally, I believe it would be in the best interest of both parties to move on, especially when you consider the high value currently being placed on receivers. The Steelers cannot afford to overpay for Johnson, and they have proven their ability to scout receivers at a relatively high level. I trust the Steelers to replace him through the draft, and I would be intrigued to see what Johnson’s trade value is. If the Steelers were to trade him, they may be able to pick up a high draft pick in return. On defense, nose tackle has to be near the top of the list. The Steelers passed on Travis Jones in the second round, which would have been good value, but perhaps their eye is on somebody in the 2023 class. Cornerback could also be a major area of need, as the Steelers chose not to address the position in the draft this year. Neither Ahkello Witherspoon nor Levi Wallace are number one corners, so I would not be surprised to see the team target one early and hope he develops into the lockdown corner of the future.
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