Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Draft Odds: Cornerback Help Needed
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The Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin hasn’t had a losing season since taking over as head coach in 2007. The last two years, however, it’s been close, going 9-7-1 in 2021 and 9-8 last year (and 8-8 in 2019).
Offense has been the issue in the recent lean years, ranking in the bottom 10 in scoring in each of the past four seasons. With the defense just one additional piece or two away from finding its old form, the offense must keep up if the Steelers are to continue their perennially competitive ways.
Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has used his resources of NFL contacts developed over 20 years covering the league and the NFL Draft to create his hypothetical NFL futures odds on who gets selected 17th by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Pittsburgh Steelers 1st Round Pick Odds (No. 17)
Who Will The Steelers Take In 2023 NFL Draft?
Despite the offensive woes, cornerback might be the top need at the draft, and the Steelers could have their pick of the litter at the position. Oregon’s Christian Gonzalez is expected to go Top 10, but every other CB could be available at No. 17.
Joey Porter Jr. of Penn State and Devon Witherspoon of Illinois were both stars on their Big Ten teams, Porter the more physical of the two, Witherspoon the faster. Porter also gets the sentimental nod, being the son of former Steelers star LB Joey Porter. Last year the team used its first-rounder on another local boy done good, Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett. He’s the QB1 for Pittsburgh in 2023.
Along with corner, offensive tackle is a spot that could use a big improvement as the team aims to protect Pickett better and open lanes for RB Najee Harris. Pittsburgh ranked 25th in yards per rush attempt and Steelers QBs had an average of 2.4 seconds of pocket time, among the league’s lowest.
While the interior line is a spot to improve, tackle is the top priority. Darnell Wright of Tennessee is a 6-foot-5, 330-pound tackle who has the power to play inside if needed as well. He could be the best available at Pittsburgh’s spot in the draft.
Defensive line is right below those needs for the Steelers, and they wouldn’t have to look far for Calijah Kancey, who played his college ball at Heinz Field for Pittsburgh. Considered undersized at 280-pounds, Kancey was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a First-Team All-American, and ranked No. 1 in Athleticism Score at the NFL Combine.
The Field includes any number of potentially available tackles and corners, of which there are many. CB Cam Smith of South Carolina is in the mix, and tackles Peter Skoronski of Northwestern and Paris Johnson Jr. of Ohio State would be strongly considered if still on the board this late.
Complete List of Steelers 2023 Draft Picks
- Round 1 (Pick 17)
- Round 2 (Pick 32, from CHI)
- Round 2 (Pick 49)
- Round 3 (Pick 80)
- Round 4 (Pick 120)
- Round 7 (Pick 234)
- Round 7 (Pick 241, from DEN)