The Pittsburgh Steelers finished the 2021 season with one of the league's worst offensive lines. However, Pittsburgh didn't address that group at all during the 2022 draft, which has unsurprisingly led to more struggles this year.
In his first 2023 mock draft, ESPN's Todd McShay projects the Steelers to solve some of their issues in a big way.
McShay has Pittsburgh selecting offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. with the No. 9 overall pick. The Ohio State standout has been a lynchpin for the Buckeyes as their left tackle this season, which would potentially give the Steelers a building block on their O-line.
There's a ton to like about Johnson, who provides positional flexibility after playing at right guard and left tackle in two years at Ohio State. After a great 2021 campaign, he's been even better this season, earning an elite 83.4 overall grade from ProFootballFocus. He's allowed just one sack total over a combined 1,525 snaps played across the past two years, showcasing that he could be the franchise tackle that's essential to every offense.
Pittsburgh has struggled to keep its quarterback upright this season, tying for the 10th-most sacks allowed. Left tackle Dan Moore Jr. has been a major liability at an important position, earning a poor 61.5 grade from PFF and tying for the sixth-most sacks allowed (6) this season.
Johnson could come in and immediately unseat Moore as the team's new LT, which would immediately improve this unit in 2023.
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