The NFL draft is about three months away and mock drafts have started popping up everywhere. Multiple sites have the Steelers drafting an offensive lineman in the first round. Pittsburgh has the 24th pick in this year’s draft.
One particular mock draft conducted by cbssports.com says the Steelers should draft guard Cordy Glenn, from the University of Georgia. The same site also has another mock draft, in which Pittsburgh drafts guard Kelechi Osemele from Iowa State.
The Steelers biggest weakness this past season was the offensive line. Partially due to poor play, but the injury bug dramatically hurt their success. Either of these players would be an asset to the team, but I believe their best option is Glenn. He has proven that he has durability and the skills to be a 10 year starter in the NFL. He played in the best conference in the NCAA and faced the fiercest pass rushers his entire career.
Glenn played tackle during his time with the Bulldogs, but many scouts believe he is better suited to play guard in the NFL. Glenn started 50 games for the Dawgs, tying the all-time team record for starts by a player at UGA. That stat has to be encouraging for the Steelers. They need a reliable player up front who doesn’t get hurt and who can play multiple positions on the line. Glenn’s measurable are very impressive as well. He stands at 6 feet 5 inches and weighs roughly 350 pounds. He has surprisingly quick feet for a big man, which is needed for a guard because they are often called upon to pull and lead the running back around the outside.
Regardless of who they choose, Pittsburgh needs to address the offensive line situation in the first round. There are plenty of good lineman in the draft this year. Their first concern should be drafting the player who is the most durable. The Steelers can not afford to select another lineman who is always hurt. The scouting department must do their due diligence to determine the player best suited to play 16 games for many years ahead, or they will be scrambling to replace him a few years down the road.
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