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The Steelers are in need of an offensive tackle in this year's draft with Alejandro Villanueva unlikely to be re-signed and one potential option could be Northen Iowa offensive tackle Spencer Brown, who has a similar build to Villanueva, standing at 6-foot-8, 314 pounds.
It looks like the Steelers have an interest in the big Iowan also. Nick Farabaugh of Steelers Now said Brown told him he has meetings set up with the Steelers in the future. He also said that the Steelers had representation watching him at his pro day today.
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."