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Steelers 2023 NFL Draft Stock Report: Dominant Defense in Week 10

The 2023 NFL Draft is still months away, but with the arrival of college football, the early stages of the 2023 draft process have begun. With that in mind, it’s time to dive into last week’s biggest games in the college football world, taking a look at draft prospects that have improved their stock based on their performance.

The offensive line is definitely an area the Steelers need to address, and the most likely resource for a solution is, in fact, the draft. Concerns about the cornerback and linebacker also weigh heavily on Pittsburgh’s mind. While we will certainly break perspectives into other positions this season, those will be the main positions of emphasis, especially at the start of the season.

Almost every week during the season, there are several standout games that steal the headlines, but even as those games overshadow the rest of the college football scene, we won’t be lax with the other games and prospects in action. Every week during the season, we’ll recap the action from the previous week and determine which action went up the most in the NFL Draft.

As always, be sure to share your thoughts on this topic in the comments section below, but without further ado, here are the highs from week 10 of college football!

Bijan Robinson | RB | Texas | 6’0”, 220 pounds

Bijan Robinson is a well-known commodity in NFL Draft circles, but on Saturday, he reasserted his NFL advantage, rushing the ball 30 times for 209 yards and a touchdown against Big 12 foe Kansas State. He also added 34 yards on two receptions. Robinson is a well-built running back who displays the explosiveness and durability to become one of the best backs in the NFL in no time. If he finishes the season strong, he could still finish as a first-round pick.

Bright Cam | ILB | Washington | 6’0”, 222 pounds

Oregon State was one of the biggest surprises in 2022, but they failed to move the ball forward as far as they had hoped. Cam Bright has 10 total tackles, 8 solo tackles, 1.5 tackles to a loss, and 1 sack. The Pittsburgh transfer is small, but he shows great anticipation and awareness in midfield. His ability to rush the passer, defend the race, and The drop in coverage makes him a versatile weapon for defense, but adding weight is definitely a must as he prepares for the next stage of his footballing career.

BJ Ojulari | EDGE | LSU | 6’3”, 250 pounds

Many didn’t expect LSU to pull off the comeback against Alabama on Saturday night, but the Tigers’ ability to create pressure up front charged their defense and led them to victory. The pack leader, however, had to be BJ Ojulari. In Saturday’s win against rival Alabama, Ojulari recorded 11 total tackles, 7 solo tackles, 1.5 tackles per loss, 1 sack and 2 passes defended. Ojulari is well-built and NFL-ready, but he also exhibits good off-line quickness and solid cornering. I like Ojulari on Day 2 of the draft, and if his success continues down the stretch, he could enter Round 1 with a good combined performance.

Others who have improved their stock

Dorian Williams | ILB | Tulane | 13 TCKL, 2 SCK
Jaydon Grant | DB | Oregon State | 4 SOLO TCKL, 2 PD
Michael Barrett | LB | 4 TCKL, 2 INT
Jarrick Bernard-Converse | CB | LSU | 2 TCKL, 0.5 TFL, 2 PD, 1 INT
Isaiah Johnson | DB | Syracuse | 4 TCKL, 1 PD, 1 INT
Calijah Kancey | DL | Pittsburgh | 4 TCKL, 2 TFL, 1 SCK, 1 QB HUR
Isaiah Moore | LB | NC State | 10 TCKL, 2.5 TFL, 1 SCK, 1 PD, 1 QB HUR
Drake Thomas | LB | NC State | 9 TCKL, 3 TFL, 2 SCK, 4 QB HUR
Deslin Alexandre | DL | Pittsburgh | 6’4”, 275 lbs | 7 TCKL, 2.5 SCK, 1 PD

What perspectives took your look at last weekend? Who do you think made the biggest jump, or drop, in the draft rankings in week 9? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below and stay tuned for BTSC as we prepare it for the 2023 offseason!

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