One of the Pittsburgh Steelers' biggest issues last season was the play of their offensive line play. Add in the losses of Maurkice Pouncey and Ramon Foster, Ben Roethlisberger not being near as mobile as he was in his younger years, and an underachieving run game in 2020, and they have a serious issue on their hands going into 2021.
The Steelers would be foolish to pass up on a chance to address this glaring issue via the draft. Taking all this into consideration, I foresee the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting Dillon Radunz, an offensive tackle hailing from North Dakota State, with the 24th pick in the 2021 On Tap Sports Net Mock Draft. Winners of the FCS National Title in 2017, 2018, and 2019, North Dakota State has uplifted themselves as the program to beat at the FCS level, and Radunz has been a stabilizing force up front for the Bison.
Meet The Prospect
The first thing you'll notice about Dillon Radunz is that he checks the size and athleticism boxes for a modern-day NFL tackle. At 6-foot-5 and 304 lbs, he fit right in at the Senior Bowl. The workouts of that weekend were of the utmost importance for Radunz considering he played at a lower level of college football and only played one game last year with the FCS season moving to the spring due to COVID-19.
In the clip below, Radunz receives praise from the Executive Director of the Senior Bowl. That's a strong compliment from someone who has been in the scouting game for a long time.
Radunz's ability to get to the second and third levels is second to none. He possesses the size, frame, and footwork to be a player the Steelers can plug right into their offensive line. Oftentimes fans want their team to go with the flashy pick by selecting a wideout or high-level defensive player, but Radunz would be a safe pick the Steelers can count on as a significant contributor during the 2021 season.
Despite North Dakota State's season not being played under the bright lights, Radunz was able to stay in shape by working out on his own and performed well at the Senior Bowl. Most of the other players in attendance in Mobile had the benefit of training in a team environment leading up to the event. Those circumstances exemplify that Radunz is disciplined, fresh, and poised to make an impact for the Steelers in 2021 if selected at this pick.
No matter where Radunz goes, I know for a fact that 32 NFL GM's liked the clip above, and I'm willing to bet that he will not slip past this spot. I will keep a close eye on his career as well, as we are starting to see more FCS and lower-level players come off the board higher in the draft. If Dillon Radunz and his college teammate Trey Lance both go in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, it would be an amazing feat for North Dakota State Football.