Pittsburgh shores up the offensive line with Northern Iowa’s Trevor Penning at 20
The Pittsburgh Steelers are facing a new era with the retirement of Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers will need to address his replacement, but they’ll also need to fix their offensive line.
While the Steelers somehow made the playoffs, thanks in large part to their dynamic defense, their offense did very little to help them in 2021. Thie 2021 first-round draft pick, former Alabama running back Najee Harris, was a major addition to the team, but their offensive line struggled heavily.
The team could do one of two things in this situation: draft a quarterback or draft an offensive lineman. I believe that they would benefit from trading for Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback Gardner Minshew and drafting an offensive tackle, so that’s exactly where I am going here.
With Neal, Eknouw, and Cross off the board, the Steelers would likely target the best available offensive tackle in Northern Iowa’s Trevor Penning.
Penning would come in immediately and be a solid start to what the Steelers need to do on the offensive side of the ball. The team could rely on one of Mason Rudolph’s or Josh Dobbs at quarterback, but they do have a history of adding a young quarterback and giving him everything to succeed.
If they choose offensive lineman this year, they could go after a quarterback in a better class in 2023.