If anything can be said about Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Dan Moore Jr., it is that his rookie year was a valuable rookie experience.
Moore Jr. played this past season on an offensive line that ranked 26th in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. In total, the Steelers' offensive line finished 17th in pass blocking and 24th in run blocking, both improvements from the 2020 season. Moore Jr. himself played a total of 1,079 offensive snaps and allowed seven sacks while committing just five penalties.
During his rookie campaign, Moore Jr. displayed the type of talent that the organization saw when they drafted him in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. In Week 8 against the Cleveland Browns, he relegated All-Pro pass rusher Myles Garrett to just one sack and two quarterback hits. This performance, however, came with its fair share of struggles, as he seemed overwhelmed at times.
To his credit, Moore Jr.'s availability made him valuable, as he played in 16 games, including their playoff wild card game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Though injuries somewhat affected him at points during the season, he managed to be present more often than not.
Throughout it all, he gained a wealth of experience that he will be able to use this offseason to grow from. One should expect a more confident version of Moore Jr. in 2022, one capable of taking his game to the next level.