After a 1-2 start, here are three players that the Pittsburgh Steelers should trade for that are not quarterbacks.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have had a disappointing start to the season. There has been a lot of justified criticism surrounding the play of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, but let’s look at three upgrades that the Steelers could make at other positions.
Andre Dillard, offensive tackle
The Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line has struggled through the first three games, but some of that is to be expected. Rookie Kendrick Green is transitioning to center after playing primarily at guard at Illinois. Second-year guard Kevin Dotson is still developing as a run blocker, but he has been fantastic in pass coverage. As the season progresses, I expect the interior offensive line to improve.
Offensive tackle is the position that could use an upgrade. Fourth-round pick Dan Moore Jr. is starting at left tackle, and right tackle Chukwuma Okorafor has struggled in his fourth year.
The Philadelphia Eagles selected Andre Dillard with the 22nd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He started four games in 2019 and played a total of 337 offensive snaps. However, he did struggle in his limited action allowing four sacks and 25 pressures.
Prior to the 2020 season, Dillard tore his biceps and missed the entire season, as a result.
During the offseason, Dillard was the subject of many trade rumors. The Eagles signed tackle Jordan Mailata to a four-year extension worth up to $80 million, and veteran tackle Lane Johnson is still on a four-year, $72 million contract that he signed in 2019. So, Dillard seems like the odd man out.
Dillard is still a young player with a lot of potential. He has played 60 offensive snaps this season and looked considerably better. Right now, he has a PFF pass-blocking grade of 81.8.