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State of the Franchise: Pittsburgh Steelers

Breaking down the Pittsburgh Steelers roster. Where they stand now, and what they need to do.
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PITTSBURGH STEELERS COACHING STAFF

HC: Mike TOMLIN 
OC: Matt CANADA
DC: Teryl AUSTIN
ST: Danny SMITH

PITTSBURGH STEELERS OFFENSIVE DEPTH CHART

QB, Mitch TRUBISKY

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 68.4
  • Contract – Mitchell Trubisky signed a 2 year [2022-2023], $14,285,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

RB, Najee HARRIS

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 70.7
  • Contract – Najee Harris signed a 4 year [2021-2025*], $13,047,447 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

WR, Diontae JOHNSON

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 74.2
  • Contract – Diontae Johnson signed a 4 year [2019-2022], $4,280,962 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

WR, Chase CLAYPOOL

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 67.7
  • Contract – Chase Claypool signed a 4 year [2020-2023], $6,616,625 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

WR, Anthony MILLER

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 61.9
  • Contract – Anthony Miller signed a 1 year [2022], $1,035,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

TE, Pat FREIERMUTH

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 72.3
  • Contract – Pat Freiermuth signed a 4 year [2021-2024], $6,028,181 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

FB, Derek WATT

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 76.9
  • Contract – Derek Watt signed a 3 year [2020-2022], $9,750,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

LT, Dan MOORE Jr.

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 57.8
  • Contract – Dan Moore signed a 4 year [2021-2024], $4,177,904 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

LG, Kevin DOTSON

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 64.5
  • Contract – Kevin Dotson signed a 4 year [2020-2023], $3,953,816 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

C, Mason COLE

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 69.7
  • Contract – Mason Cole signed a 3 year [2022-2024], $15,750,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

RG, James DANIELS

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 71.0
  • Contract – James Daniels signed a 3 year [2022-2024], $26,500,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

RT, Chukwuma OKORAFOR

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 63.6
  • Contract – Chuks Okorafor signed a 3 year [2022-2024], $29,250,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bench Depth

QB: M. Rudolph   RB: Benny Snell Jr., Anthony McFarland Jr., Trey Edmunds   WR: Cody White, Gunner Olszewski, Steven Sims, Tyler Vaughns, Rico Bussey   TE: Zach Gentry, Kevin Rader, Jace Sternberger   LT: Joe Haeg   LG: John Leglue, Malcolm Pridgeon   C: J.C. Hassenauer, Kendrick Green   RG: Kendrick Green, Nate Gilliam   RT: Chaz Green

PITTSBURGH STEELERS DEFENSIVE DEPTH CHART

LDE, Stephon TUITT

  • PFF Grade (2020) – 75.7
  • Contract – Stephon Tuitt signed a 5 year [2018-2022], $60,001,439 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

NT, Tyson ALUALU

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 59.7
  • Contract – Tyson Alualu signed a 2 year [2021-2022], $5,500,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

RDE, Cameron HEYWARD

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 91.0
  • Contract – Cameron Heyward signed a 4 year [2021-2024], $65,600,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

WLB, T.J. WATT

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 89.5
  • Contract – T.J. Watt signed a 4 year [2022-2025], $112,011,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

LILB, Devin BUSH

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 34.4
  • Contract – Devin Bush signed a 4 year [2019-2023*], $18,871,765 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

RILB, Myles JACK

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 37.7
  • Contract – Myles Jack signed a 2 year [2022-2023], $16,000,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

SLB, Alex HIGHSMITH

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 67.5
  • Contract – Alex Highsmith signed a 4 year [2020-2023], $4,499,405 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

LCB, Justin LAYNE

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 40.2
  • Contract – Justin Layne signed a 4 year [2019-2022], $3,683,180 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

SS, Miles KILLEBREW

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 64.1
  • Contract – Miles Killebrew signed a 2 year [2022-2023], $4,000,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

FS, Minkah FITZPATRICK

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 59.8
  • Contract – Minkah Fitzpatrick signed a 4 year [2018-2022*], $16,447,773 contract with the Miami Dolphins.

RCB, Levi WALLACE

  • PFF Grade (2021) – 65.2
  • Contract – Levi Wallace signed a 2 year [2022-2023], $8,000,000 contract with the Seattle Seahawks.

Bench Depth

DL: Chris Wormley, Montravius Adams, Isaiahh Loudermilk, Carlos Davis, Henry Mondeaux, Daniel Archibong, Khalil Davis   LB: Derrek Tuszka, Marcus Allen, Robert Spillane, Genard Avery, John Simon, Ulysees Gilbert III, Tegray Scales, Delontae Scott, Buddy Johnson   CB: Ahkello Witherspoon, Cameron Sutton, Isaiah Johnson, James Pierre, DeMarkus Acy, Linden Stephens   S: Karl Joseph, Tre Norwood, Donovan Stiner

Team Needs

OFFENSE

Average PFF Grade: 68.2

Starters with contracts expiring after 2022: D. Johnson (WR), A. Miller (WR), D. Watt (FB)

Below average PFF grades: C. Claypool (67.7), A. Miller (61.9), D. Moore Jr. (57.8), K. Dotson (64.5), C. Okorafor (63.6)


DEFENSE

Average PFF Grade: 62.3

Starters with contracts expiring after 2022: S. Tuitt (LDE), T. Alualu (NT), J. Layne (LCB), M. Fitzpatrick (FS)

Below average PFF grades: T. Alualu (59.7), D. Bush (34.4), M. Jack (37.7), J. Layne (40.2), M. Fitzpatrick (59.8)

2022 Draft Picks

Round 1: No. 20 overall
Round 2: No. 52
Round 3: No. 84
Round 4: No. 138
Round 6: No. 208** (from Chiefs)
Round 7: No. 225 (from Jets), 241

Cap Space

Dream Plan

Low PFFs: LILB (34.4), RILB (37.7), LCB (40.2), LT (57.8), NT (59.7), FS (59.8)

Expiring contracts: WR, WR, FB, LDE, NT, LCB, FS

2022 NFL Draft Top Prospects: DEFENSIVE PLAYERSWRS, OL, TES, QBS, RBS

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