Another Georgia product that helped the team win back-to-back national titles. Broderick Jones' story is a touch different than some of his teammates coming out in this draft however as Jones wasn't a bonafide starter for the entire run of dominance.
In 2021, he backed up now-LA Charger Jamaree Salyer until he was thrown into the starting lineup for the final four games of the season. His play in those games not only helped the Bulldogs grab the title that year but it also earned him a spot on the All-SEC freshman team. Not too shabby.
School: Georgia (R-So)
Measurables: 6'5, 311 lbs.
Combine notes: This man is him. Running the fastest 40-yard dash out of all 2023 offensive linemen with a blazing 4.97-second sprint. Putting him in the 93rd percentile in combine history for the big nasties.
Where he wins: An ultimate athlete, he wins versus all types of rushers through a wicked combination of strength and speed.
Areas for improvement: Extremely raw product and will need a good approach to enhancing his game.
As stated above, Broderick was selected for the All-SEC Freshman team in 2021 and made first-team All-SEC in 2022. A back-to-back national champion who helped keep Stetson Bennett upright through their historic run. An Under Armor All-American in high school and a five-star recruit coming out, Jones has been building to this moment for some time now. Let the real work begin.
The definition of a foxhole guy. When teammate Jalen Carter was charged with reckless driving and street racing during the NFL Combine, rather than avoid questions about the situation, Broderick praised Carter's character. Doing his best to put to rest any concerns about his fellow first-round Bulldog's maturity.
He's never 'going hollywood'. Organized a charity event where he gave necessary items to those in need in his community.
He owns the coolest ski mask that has ever ski-masked.
Jones is fast, thicc and will provide quarterback Kenny Pickett some protection while also, maybe, helping RB Najee Harris gain a couple of yards before eventually being tackled. He's tough, and you can see his mental fortitude when he plays — seems pretty perfect for the mindset of a Pittsburgh Steeler.
Offensive line was a need... but it doesn't feel like it was as significant a need as cornerback. It's a good pick.