By Dakota Follett (@dakfollett) | Published April 18, 2020
It was a subpar season for the Steelers, as they found out that life after ‘Big Ben’ could be tough, the search for a competent backup/future starter should continue. Some repair work is needed in the trenches on both side of the football, as Pittsburgh looks to bounce back to the playoffs in 2020. Be sure to download your copy of the 2020 NFL Draft Bible, featuring 600+ scouting reports.
QUARTERBACK: Ben Roethlisberger/Mason Rudolph/Devlin Hodges/Paxton Lynch/JT Barrett
Money Invested: $26.930M | Percentage of Cap: 13.6% | Need Level: HIGH
Overview: Roethlisberger is getting old and nobody knows how much more his body can handle. Rudolph and Hodges didn’t exactly shine in Big Ben’s absence, so don’t be surprised if the Steelers make a move for his eventual successor.
RUNNING BACK: James Conner | Depth: Jaylen Samuels/Benny Snell Jr./Kerrith Whyte/Trey Edmunds/Darrin Hall/Ralph Webb
Money Invested: $5.387M | Percentage of Cap: 2.7% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: The Steelers had injury issues here last season as well, so grabbing another back in the later rounds to come in and compete makes sense.
FULLBACK: Derek Watt
Money Invested: $2.083M | Percentage of Cap: 1.1% | Need Level: NONE
Overview: The brother of TJ was brought in to take over for Roosevelt Nix in the fullback role. Jaylen Samuels can also slide in here if needed.
WIDE RECEIVER: JuJu Smith-Schuster/James Washington/Diontae Johnson | Depth: Ryan Switzer/Deon Cain/Amara Darboh/Jamal Curtis/Quadree Henderson/Anthony Johnson
Money Invested: $7.681M | Percentage of Cap: 3.9% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: James Washington and Diontae Johnson did prove to be productive when asked to step into larger roles last season but the Steelers could afford to spend some more money here and grab a bonified number two option for Big Ben.
TIGHT END: Eric Ebron/Vance McDonald | Depth: Zach Gentry/Kevin Rader/Christian Scotland-Williamson
Money Invested: $9.309M | Percentage of Cap: 4.7% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: Eric Ebron was added as a receiving compliment to Vance McDonald, something this offense was missing mightily.
OFFENSIVE TACKLE: Alejandro Villanueva/Matt Feiler | Depth: Zach Banner/Chukwuma Okorafor/Jarron Jones/Derwin Gray
Money Invested: $14.962M | Percentage of Cap: 7.5% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: The tandem of Alejandro Villanueva and Matt Feiler proved to be a solid one last season and this unit possesses good depth with the versatility of swing tackle Zach Banner.
OFFENSIVE GUARD: Stefen Wisniewski/David DeCastro | Depth: Christian Dilauro
Money Invested: $15.496M | Percentage of Cap: 7.8% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: Super Bowl Champion Stefen Wisniewski was brought over from the Chiefs to take over at left guard, but depth and younger options can be found in the draft.
CENTER: Maurkice Pouncey | Depth: JC Hassenauer
Money Invested: $8.2M | Percentage of Cap: 4.1% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: Maurkice Pouncey is getting older but is still productive and under contract through 2021.
DEFENSIVE LINE: Stephon Tuitt/Daniel McCullers/Cameron Heyward | Depth: Chris Wormley/Tyson Alualu/Lavon Hooks/Cavon Walker/Isaiah Buggs/Henry Mondeaux/Dewayne Hendrix
Money Invested: $38.797M | Percentage of Cap: 19.6% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: Stephon Tuitt and Cameron Heyward are one of the league’s best duos on the interior and the Steelers have good depth here. However, they could look to add a nose tackle to replace the departured Javon Hargrave.
EDGE RUSHER: TJ Watt/Bud Dupree | Depth: Olasunkanmi Adeniyi/Tuzar Skipper/Christian Kuntz
Money Invested: $20.814M | Percentage of Cap: 10.5% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: TJ Watt is one of the bright young stars of the league but beyond that everything on the edge is an uncertainty here. Bud Dupree will play on the franchise tag next season, and the Steelers lack depth behind those two.
LINEBACKER: Devin Bush/Vince Williams
Money Invested: $11.321M | Percentage of Cap: 5.7% | Need Level: MEDIUM
Overview: Devin Bush is a young stud in the middle of that defense and Vince Williams is a notable leader for them. The depth behind them is very scarce, however.
CORNERBACK: Joe Haden/Steven Nelson/Mike Hilton | Depth: Cameron Sutton/Justin Layne/Alexander Myres
Money Invested: $22.489M | Percentage of Cap: 11.3% | Need Level: HIGH
Overview: Adding a top-notch corner opposite Joe Haden should be a priority. Steven Nelson is a serviceable guy but an upgrade could be found.
SAFETY: Minkah Fitzpatrick/Terrell Edmunds | Depth: Jordan Dangerfield/Marcus Allen/Tray Matthews/John Battle/Tyree Kinnel
Money Invested: $8.223M | Percentage of Cap: 4.1% | Need Level: LOW
Overview: This young safety duo has the chance to grow into one of the league’s best and their depth is solid.
KICKER: Chris Boswell | Money Invested: $2.598M | Percentage of Cap: 1.3% | Need Level: LOW
PUNTER: Jordan Berry | Money Invested: $2.175M | Percentage of Cap: 1.1% | Need Level: LOW
LONG SNAPPER: Kameron Canaday | Money Invested: $1.135M | Percentage of Cap: 0.6% | Need Level: LOW
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