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Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network was on a live stream with Trey Wingo recently and one of their topics involved the Titans trading up in the draft to get in front of the Jets and Steelers to select Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins.
The Steelers have been linked to Jenkins in a lot of mock drafts and he certainly would fit a need, as Alejandro Villanueva is still unsigned in free agency and they need a road grader of a tackle to help improve their ailing run game, which ranked dead last in the league last year, averaging 84.4 yards per game. Jenkins is massive at 6-foot-6, 320 pounds and reportedly has a "mean streak" to him.
If Jenkins gets selected before the Steelers pick at 24th overall, Pauline sees Northern Iowa offensive tackle Spencer Brown as a fallback option for the Steelers in the second round.
“I know the Pittsburgh Steelers like him, and if the Pittsburgh Steelers, who need offensive line help, lose out on Teven Jenkins in round one, I think that is a guy they could look to in round two.”
Brown has a similar build to Villanueva, standing at 6-foot-8, 314 pounds and according to Nick Farabaugh of Steelers Now, Brown had meetings with the Steelers and the Steelers were at his pro day to watch him.
As a redshirt junior, Brown started every game for Northern Iowa and was named second-team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference. Brown was named a preseason first-team FCS All-American by Phil Steele before announcing that he would forgo his redshirt senior season, which was postponed to the spring due to COVID-19 and prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.
Brown is projected to be picked in the second round in this year's draft. Many feel he's best suited for the right tackle position at the next level.
Below is a scouting report on Brown by The Draft Network.
"Spencer Brown aligned at right tackle for UNI’s offense. He presents as a leggy, somewhat high-cut player with rare length for the position. He plays with a nasty disposition and plays hard from snap to whistle. He's a good athlete with regard to balance and body control. He is smooth and fluid in his pass set and plays with the football IQ to use his length to his advantage on the edge. Although he has been sufficient in the FCS, he projects with average lateral mobility when redirecting inside against quicker athletes. However, his length and instincts help him recover, making him difficult to beat when his technique is good."