After converting from defense and starting for three years on Vanderbilt’s offensive line, Steen used his grad transfer to immediately play left tackle for Alabama. He’s logged over 3,000 snaps in the trenches in the SEC.
He has a massive, dense lower half that creates drive blocking power in the run game. There is a very obvious edge to his game with motivation to finish blocks through the whistle. At times when climbing to the second level he lacks a smooth nature and can miss his targets by lunging.
In pass protection, his thick base helps him set a strong anchor and he has active hands. His punch is forceful, but his lack of ideal length causes him to surrender pressure against his outside shoulder. PFF credited him with two sacks, two more QB hits and 19 hurries allowed in 2022.
Steen took some reps at guard during Senior Bowl week, where I project his long-term home as a starter.
Steen had a pre-draft visit with the Jets.
An interesting background story: his grandfather was the great Rodney Davis, a Vietnam marine. Davis was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor as he threw himself on a grenade. The ultimate sacrifice he made protected members of his platoon in the trenches they were fighting from.