Mike Tomlin mentions that Chuks Okorafor is switching to left tackle
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Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert had their pre-draft press conference today and as per usual they were really coy with their answers, which is to be expected since they don't want to reveal too much right before the start of the draft on Thursday.
Tomlin did give an answer on who will be the starting left tackle and right cornerback opposite of Joe Haden this year, but it should be noted that they're just penciled in at those spots as starters. I mean, it is only April.
"Chuks Okorafor at left tackle and Cam Sutton at right corner but it means absolutely nothing at this time of the year," Tomlin said when asked about who will be the starters at the two respective positions.
Sutton projected as the starting right cornerback isn't surprising at all, as the Steelers re-signed him to a two-year, $9 million deal last month and released Steven Nelson as a cap casualty in the process, who was the starting right cornerback the past two seasons.
It is interesting, however, that Tomlin said Okorafor is projected as the starting left tackle, as he started last season at right tackle after Zach Banner suffered a season-ending ACL injury in Week 1 against the Giants. It makes sense though, as Okorafor is more athletic and is better suited for the left tackle position than Banner, who is a better run blocker and fits well on the right side. Alejandro Villanueva is still technically out there, but it's expected that he'll sign with the Ravens after the draft.