PITTSBURGH — Chuks Okorafor could be switching sides.
He’s currently penciled in as the Steelers’ starting left tackle for 2021, Mike Tomlin disclosed at the team’s annual pre-draft press conference Monday morning at Heinz Field. He’s played only right tackle since entering the NFL three years ago, including all but one game of last season as the starter.
Almost in the same breath, though, Tomlin added, “And it means absolutely nothing. You can quote me on that.”
Tomlin had been asked to identify his starting left tackle and starting right cornerback, and he named Okorafor the former, Cam Sutton the latter, though Sutton had made his status known a month ago after signing an extension. Tomlin clarified that Sutton “will start out” in the position vacated by Steven Nelson’s cap-related release, but it’s expected Sutton will continue to see extensive duty in the slot in sub-package defenses.
Although there’d been no hint from the inside about Okorafor’s switch, it makes sense.