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Steelers draft their first four players on offense for the first time since 1984


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The Steelers went heavy on offense early in the draft -- selecting Alabama running back Najee Harris in the first round, Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth in the second round and Illinois center/guard Kendrick Green in the third round.


The Steelers opened the 2021 NFL Draft with an offensive player in each of the first three rounds for the first time since 1995 and the fifth time in the common draft era (1967).

It's only the second time under Mike Tomlin that the Steelers have used their first three picks in the draft on the same side of the ball. The other time occurred in 2016 when the Steelers drafted three defensive players in the first three rounds in cornerback Artie Burns, safety Sean Davis and defensive tackle Javon Hargrave.


In the fourth round at 128th overall, the Steelers selected Texas A&M offensive tackle Dan Moore Jr., making it four players on offense selected in the first four rounds, the first time that has happened since 1984. The Steelers took their first defensive player in the draft 12 picked later when they selected Texas A&M inside linebacker Buddy Johnson at 140th overall.


The Steelers traded up to No. 156 overall in the fifth round with the Dolphins to select Wisconsin defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk. Miami received a 2022 fourth-round pick from the Steelers.





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