Sunday, August 31, 2014
How the Pittsburgh Steelers were built
By Scott Brown
PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers submitted their 53-man roster to the NFL on Saturday afternoon. Now the question is how much it will change with teams allowed to claim players who were waived Friday and Saturday at noon ET on Sunday.
What is interesting about the current roster -- and telling of how the draft is a series of educated guesses -- is that the Steelers have as many former undrafted free agents on offense and defense as they do first-round picks.
I did not include the three specialists in this analysis since kicker Shaun Suisham, punter Brad Wing and long snapper Greg Warren are all former undrafted free agents.
Here is a closer look at how the Steelers were built.
Ryan Shazier is the latest of 10 first-round picks on the Steelers' roster.
Notable: A lot of Steelers fans are wondering why the Steelers kept Jones after his lack of productivity in the preseason. Might they be looking to upgrade at the No. 3 quarterback position? Terrelle Pryor, who was waived by the Seahawks, might intrigue them as coach Mike Tomlin has long been enamored of Pryor’s physical ability.
Notable: Johnson will get a chance to develop into the Kelvin Beachum role from two years ago. Beachum proved to be particularly valuable as a backup because he could play every position along the offensive line. Johnson, a rookie fifth-round pick, has similar versatility.
Notable: McCullers, the second of two sixth-round picks the Steelers made this year, looks like a real find. The 6-7, 352-pound man-child has the potential to occupy multiple blocker in the middle, and he moves very well for someone his size.