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Tonight's Day 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft and there should be a good amount of offensive tackles and centers to be had for the Steelers to choose from when they pick at No. 55 and No. 87.
Landon Dickerson of Alabama is a center that has first-round talent but could fall significantly in the draft due to medical concerns. Dickerson suffered two ACL injuries and two season-ending ankle injuries in college.
According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers know Dickerson is a first-round talent, the best center in the draft. But his medical history scares them.
According to Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network, several teams told him they would not draft Dickerson in the first five rounds due to medical concerns. The long-term effects of prior injuries are as much of a concern as the short-term possibility of suffering a major injury again. Pauline also learned that several teams gave Dickerson a medical grade of 3-minus off medicals, the equivalent of a C-minus in letter grades.
In addition, with less access to medical information this year due to the NFL Scouting Combine being canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's not surprising that the Steelers are worried about Dickerson's medical history.