With their last pick in the 2023 NFL Draft the Pittsburgh Steelers went back to the trenches and grabbed versatile offensive lineman Spencer Anderson. Anderson played all along the line at the University of Maryland, and his versatility could be a big help due to lack of depth at a position like center.
Anderson spoke with the Pittsburgh media Saturday, and in a transcript provided by the Steelers he talked about how his versatility could be beneficial to the team.
“I feel like it helps a lot,” Anderson said. “In the NFL, snaps are limited, and seasons are limited when you’re stuck at one position. I feel like me adding the versatility to the team is definitely a bonus when teams usually travel with seven to eight linemen, if that. It’s always a good help when you can help at all five spots on the offensive line.”
The Steelers have upgraded their offensive line this offseason, but going into the seventh round of the draft they had little depth behind Mason Cole at center. Bringing in a guy like Anderson, who has history playing the position is huge. That he can move around the line is invaluable should the Steelers get hit hard with the injury bug.
When you get to the late rounds of the NFL Draft, you want to add depth or swing for the fences in hopes of finding the next star. The Steelers badly needed depth, and they grabbed it with Anderson. Anderson played every position on the offensive line while at Maryland. At the East-West Shrine Bowl, he played center, showing he has enough experience there to make the Steelers feel comfortable with him potentially backing up Cole.