Year one of the Kenny Pickett era was in many ways a success for the Steelers.
Pickett didn't light up the box score, but he cut down on turnovers down the stretch and played well enough to shockingly keep Pittsburgh in playoff contention until Week 18. The mission now is to build around him.
The Steelers have three top-50 picks in this year's draft, including the 17th overall selection. Quarterback isn't a need this time around, but there are still some holes on both sides of the ball that could help Pittsburgh stay formidable in a conference loaded with talented quarterbacks.
This will be Omar Khan's first year calling the shots in the Steelers' front office, as former GM Kevin Colbert stayed on through last year's draft. Khan has brought continuity to the franchise to this point, but it'll be interesting to see if his draft strategies are any different than Colbert's.
Khan will have four picks between Day 1 and Day 2 thanks to the acquisition of the 32nd overall pick in last year's Chase Claypool trade.
The Sporting News is tracking the Steelers' 2023 NFL Draft selections, from round one to seven. Follow along with the picks below.
Steelers draft picks 2023: When does Pittsburgh pick?
- Round 1, Pick No. 14: OT Broderick Jones, Georgia
- Round 2, Pick No. 32: CB Joey Porter Jr., Penn State
- Round 2, Pick No. 49: DT Keeanu Benton, Wisconsin
- Round 3, Pick No. 93: TE Darnell Washington, Georgia
- Round 4, Pick No. 132: LB Nick Herbig, Wisconsin
- Round 7, Pick No. 241: CB Cory Trice, Purdue
- Round 7, Pick No. 251: G Spencer Anderson, Maryland
Steelers NFL Draft order 2023
|1||14||OT Broderick Jones|
|2||32 (from CHI)||CB Joey Porter Jr.|
|2||49||DT Keeanu Benton|
|3||93||TE Darnell Washington|
|4||132||LB Nick Herbig|
|7||241 (from MIN via DEN)||CB Coy Trice|
|7||251 (from LAR)||G Spencer Anderson|
Steelers NFL Draft needs
- Offensive tackle: The Steelers' offensive line took a noticeable step forward in 2022 and is in pretty good shape on the interior, but Pittsburgh can do better than Chukwuma Okorafor and Dan Moore at the two tackle spots. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Steelers try and secure a franchise tackle in the early rounds as they look to build around Kenny Pickett.
- Cornerback: The Steelers lost Cameron Sutton and signed Patrick Peterson this offseason, setting up a cornerback room led by Peterson, Levi Wallace, and Arthur Maulet. Pittsburgh could really use a long-term starter at the position. You can never have enough corners, especially in the AFC, and relying on an aging Peterson is obviously not a long-term solution.
- Inside linebacker: This is a position the Steelers might look to address in the middle rounds. Elandon Roberts and Cole Holecomb are a decent linebacker duo with Alex Highsmith serving as more of an edge rusher, but this is a Steelers franchise that has been defined by its lethal off-ball linebackers for decades. They hoped Devin Bush would become the newest long-term starter at the position, an experiment that didn't work out. At some point, it's going to be time for Pittsburgh to find that next great piece for the middle of its defense.
Steelers mock draft 2023
Here is how the Steelers' draft could unfold in 2023, according to TSN's Vinnie Iyer's seven-round mock draft:
|2||49||Emmanuel Forbes||CB||Mississippi St.|
|3||80||Henry To'o To'o||LB||Alabama|