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The 2021 NFL Draft is almost three weeks away, which means mock drafts will be coming out regularly from different outlets up until the day of the draft on April 29. Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL Network is one of the biggest names when it comes to draft analysts and he released his mock draft 3.0 on NFL.com earlier today.
Jeremiah has the Steelers addressing the offensive line by selecting Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins at 24th overall.
"The Steelers would have their choice of the top running backs here, but I think upgrading the offensive line will be the first order of business," Jeremiah said of having Jenkins as the Steelers' selection in the first round.
Jenkins is a big offensive tackle at 6-foot-6, 320 pounds, who reportedly has a "mean streak" to him and is very physical as a run blocker. That's just what the Steelers need, as they ranked dead last in rushing yards per game (84.4) and yards per carry (3.6) last season. Jenkins has been linked to the Steelers in a lot of mock drafts and I can see his personality meshing well with new offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, who has said he wants to bring physicality back to the Steelers offensive line.
Jenkins lined up at offensive tackle on the left side next to Kevin Dotson should help the Steelers improve their ailing run game, as both are physical and have reputations as being road graders.