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    Steelers Host Mid-Round Center Option on Pre-Draft Visit

    Steelers Host South Dakota State OL Mason McCormick on Pre-Draft Visit

    Last updated 4/15/24

    The Pittsburgh Steelers are hosting South Dakota State offensive lineman Mason McCormick for a pre-draft visit on Monday. McCormick is another center option and, most noticeably, the first real mid-round center option that the team has brought into the facility. It should be noted that McCormick played left guard his entire college career, but he worked at the center at the Shrine Bowl and is working there throughout the process, too, meaning that he could be a mid-round option.

    As it stands, McCormick would be an option for the Steelers at 98th and 119th overall. That really is the sweet spot for a player like him, who has a little bit of rawness in his game but still has the athletic traits that stick out and could allow him to play early on. Something to note is that is arms are longer than your average guard or center at 33 7/8 inches, and he paired that with good athleticism. McCormick ran a 5.08 40-yard dash, had a 35 1/2-inch vertical jump and put up 32 bench press reps at his pro day.

    McCormick is a stout, well-built pass rusher and he is strong. His core strength might be his best trait, and he pairs that with fantastic grip strength to stop most interior pass rushers in their tracks. Most guys do not have the combo of pure strength and balance for where he will go, and he has some real upside to become a starter-level player in the NFL. He can get caught leaning a bit at times and his hand placement gets wide, opening up his chest and allowing defenders to push-pull him. But once he cleans up some of those technical issues, he feels like someone who has some real starting potential in the NFL.

    So, it seems like the Steelers are broadening their horizons a bit when looking for a solution at the center position. But McCormick checks off just about all the boxes you would look for someone to fill in the Arthur Smith offense.

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    Centers that the Steelers have had in for one of their allowed 30 visits: (note: no SVP)

    Graham Barton, Duke

    Mason McCormick, South Dakota State

    Zach Frazier, WVU (local)

    Jackson Powers-Johnson, Oregon

    https://triblive.com/sports/steelers...visit-tracker/
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    James Daniels to OC
    Nate Herbig to LG

    McCormick to learn in behind them.

    Still a strong, if not stronger than last year, interior OL.
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    Hunter Nourzad I would believe is on the late round fall back plan.
    Can’t forget Spencer Anderson did play some games at center for Maryland. So we do have some options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron City Inc. View Post
    Hunter Nourzad I would believe is on the late round fall back plan.
    Can’t forget Spencer Anderson did play some games at center for Maryland. So we do have some options.
    I agree on both counts and just said so in another thread
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    Kendrick Green and Mason Cole were fallback plans. Those plans have been scrapped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindyCitySteel View Post
    Kendrick Green and Mason Cole were fallback plans. Those plans have been scrapped.

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    I won't mind if this is the pick.

    But it will almost certainly mean that Moore starts (reasonable chance he's the LT).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northern_Blitz View Post
    I won't mind if this is the pick.

    But it will almost certainly mean that Moore starts (reasonable chance he's the LT).
    How so? You don't need a first round right tackle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindyCitySteel View Post
    How so? You don't need a first round right tackle.
    We'll see. But my guess is that it doesn't happen with a guy drafted in round 2 (maybe not even in round 1).

    We didn't start Jones over Moore on day 1 (or even by the end of the season) and he was picked mid-1st round and will likely be "better" than a T we get in round 2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindyCitySteel View Post
    Kendrick Green and Mason Cole were fallback plans. Those plans have been scrapped.

    Welcome to Pittsburgh, JPJ!
    Actually, those were failback plans (and they failed), lets get a real center and just be done with it for 7-10 years.

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