No. 16 – BEN GRUBBS, OG, Auburn.
Kendall Simmons enters the final year of his first contract and the Steelers can’t be too happy about his performance at guard over the years. He runs well, and that was the lure from the start, but he doesn’t hit anybody when he gets there. Neither is he the type to root out big tackles in the run game. However, a move to center could be in the offing, as Arians has indicated, and it could revive Simmons’s career. On the field, he’d fill the void left by the retired Jeff Hartings, and, off the field, he’d give the Steelers more info about his future.
Grubbs can’t run nearly as well as Simmons, but he’s a mauler-brawler who won’t have near the trouble physically with the Jamal Williamses and Marcus Strouds of the AFC world that Simmons has had.
Grubbs also practiced at center at the Senior Bowl, which adds to his value.