The Pittsburgh Steelers are now 8-8 after defeating the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night and now see their draft position drop even further down to around the 15-18 pick. The Steelers have improved play over the past several weeks but still have many holes.
Last week we talked about going after a cornerback (Joey Porter, Jr. -Penn St.) This week we are talking about a player who most likely won’t be there if the Steelers stay in the middle of the pack drafting. We are diving into our needs on the offensive line.
Pittsburgh went after offensive lineman this past off-season signing 2 (Mason Cole, James Daniels) and re-signing Chuks Okorafor for big money (3 yr.- 29 million) The Steelers were hoping the two under the radar signings of Cole and Daniels would pay off but at first the line struggled instantly. Pittsburgh also had high hopes that left tackle Dan Moore Jr. a 2021 4th round pick out of Texas A&M would keep ascending after a very productive rookie season. With Kevin Dotson and James Daniels at guard and Dan Moore and Chuks Okorafor at tackle it is widely believed the Steelers need to try and get a blue-chip prospect at the tackle position to protect Kenny Pickett for years to come. And if I had my choice this is the guy they would go after.
The tackle that stood out to me as a player who would match our style and play and bring an edge to our line is Northwestern tackle Peter Skoronski. Skoronski is 6’4” 315 lbs. This is his unofficial height and weight as his numbers seem to fluctuate. Skoronski got to understudy with first round pick Rashaan Slater the 13th pick of last year’s draft by the Los Angeles Chargers. Peter was able to pick up where Slater left off and gave Northwestern a superstar left tackle who was exceptional in the Big 10. Grandson of Packers Hall of Famer Bob Skoronski. A four star recruit his junior year of high school he rose to become Northwestern’s first 5-star recruit picking the Wildcats over schools such as Notre Dame and Michigan. This is being called a potentially down year for offensive tackles, but I would have no problem with him dropping into a spot where Pittsburgh could make him part of our future on the offensive line.
Explodes off ball, foot speed that is unmatched in 2023
Has played as low as 275 and was still powerful enough, can add 15-20 lbs. of muscle at next level
Watch his tapes against pro prospect edge rushers…he handled them flawlessly
Never takes a play off, always plays till the whistle.
Negatives of OT-Peter Skoronski
Can at times lean into opponents, he does not have elite length in his arms
Teams may fear upper body strength due to the fact he fluctuates from 275-315.
Not much to not like, but a team will have to monitor how he puts on added weight and can continue playing at high level.
All in all, after combine, workouts, interviews I see Peter Skoronski going as high as top 10 and as low as top 20.