The Pittsburgh Steelers have selected Georgia OT Broderick Jones with the 14th pick of the 2023 NFL Draft. The Steelers traded with the New England Patriots to move up three spots, sending their 4th round pick (120th overall), to New England for the pick. With the pick, the Steelers selected Georgia OT Broderick Jones.
Jones is 21 years old and started just over a full season with the Bulldogs. He was one of the top tackles available and the Steelers jumped the New York Jets at #15 to get him. Jones has length and athleticism and should compete with LT Dan Moore Jr. immediately for the starting job.
You can read our full scouting report below.
Here is what our Michael Rochman wrote about the pick.
— Lean frame, very fit body
— Smooth pass sets, drops back with speed and balance
— Quality depth on vertical sets
— Strong initial punch on first contact, can land punishing blows to defenders
— Moves laterally well, pulls and can operate as the lead blocker for plays outside the hashes
— Impressive anchor, maintains base, and can stonewall once the engagement gets too far into the pocket
— Good flexibility, leverages well to knock defenders off-balance and take them out of the play
— High-energy leg drive to overpower defenders and work them away from the ball
— Accurate move blocker, lands onto blocks, and positions himself with momentum to clear the defender
— Keeps head on a swivel, constantly scanning to pick up new pursuing defenders or help out along the offensive line
— Smaller Frame than teams may prefer out of the tackle position
— Inexperienced with only one full season as a starter on the offensive line
— Looks to turn out blocks which can leave him prone to giving up the inside if it fails
— Needs to improve latching onto blocks when working as a move blocker
— Gets over his feet at times leaving him prone to balance issues with more experienced rushers ready to take advantage of that
Barring a trade, the Steelers will kick off Round Two Friday night holding the first pick of the round, 32nd overall. Tomorrow’s draft kicks off at 7 PM/EST on ESPN and NFL Network