The Pittsburgh Steelers have never had a losing season under head coach Mike Tomlin.

ESPN, however, thinks that will change in 2022.

The “worldwide leader in sports” predicted which teams will have the top 10 picks in the 2023 NFL Draft and they have the Steelers ending up with the No. 6 pick.

From ESPN:

Our FPI model considers the T.J. Watt-led Steelers defense to be the fifth best in the league, but a good defense can take you only so far. The game swings on offense, and none of the options at quarterback — Mitch Trubisky, Kenny Pickett or Mason Rudolph — are likely to be a high performer in 2022. ESPN’s FPI considers the first two to be the better choices and roughly equivalent in the short term.

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Apr 28, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett is announced as the twentieth overall pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft at the NFL Draft Theater. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Panthers had the No. 6 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft earlier this spring. Carolina finished the 2021 season with a 5-12 record, which is seemingly the type of season ESPN is expecting from Pittsburgh in 2022.

I don’t think I’d bet against Tomlin. The Steelers should have one of the best defenses in the NFL in 2022. And while Mitch Trubisky and/or Kenny Pickett probably won’t turn into Tom Brady this season, they should be good enough to complement Pittsburgh’s strong defense.

The Steelers are a team to watch in the AFC North. The Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens are getting the hype, but let’s not forget that Pittsburgh finished just a half-game behind the Bengals in the division race last season.

Pittsburgh isn’t a team that should be overlooked. I’d be shocked if they actually end up with the No. 6 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

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