2014 Steelers 53 Man Roster Prediction – Post Draft

With the 2014 NFL Draft now behind us, it’s time for my first offseason 53 man roster prediction for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to get all of these right, but this is where my head is at after the selection of nine players by the Steelers over the course of the weekend.

In the comments below, tell me the selections you disagree with and which player makes it instead. How many of these 53 are locks?

As you can see, there are several roster spots that are wide open.

Offense (25)

Quarterbacks (3)Ben Roethlisberger, Bruce Gradkowski, Landry Jones

Analysis: This group is pretty easy to nail down.

Running Backs (3)Le’Veon Bell, LeGarrette Blount, Dri Archer

Analysis: These three are givens. Can Alvester Alexander show he is special teams worthy enough to become a fourth?

Fullbacks (1)Will Johnson

Analysis: Hard to bet against Johnson right now.

Wide Receivers (5)Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton, Lance Moore, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Martavis Bryant

Analysis: Four of these five seem to be set. Can Derek Moye beat out Heyward-Bey on special teams?

Tight Ends (4)Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth, Michael Palmer, Rob Blanchflower

Analysis: Is this the end for David Paulson? Blanchflower needs to show he can stay healthy and can contribute on special teams.

Offensive Line (9)Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Ramon Foster, Marcus Gilbert, Mike Adams, Kelvin Beachum, Cody Wallace, Nik Embernate, Guy Whimper

Analysis: Wesley Johnson has to show that Whimper is expendable. Embernate has to show that he is healthy and can play both guard spots. Seven of these nine appear to be locks.

Defense (25)

Defensive Lineman (6)Steve McLendon, Cameron Heyward, Cam Thomas, Stephon Tuitt, Nick Williams, Hebron Fangupo

Analysis: Will a seventh be kept? Can Daniel McCullers show enough to make Fangupo expendable? What about Brian Arnfelt? Four of these players are locks and there is a lot of uncertainty past them.

Inside Linebackers (4)Lawrence Timmons, Ryan Shazier, Vince Williams, Jordan Zumwalt

Analysis: Can Sean Spence make it back? Moats can serve as a backup inside guy.

Outside Linebackers (5)Jarvis Jones, Jason Worilds, Chris Carter, Arthur Moats, James Harrison

Analysis: Yeah, I went there with Harrison for now. Where will the depth come from? Even if Zumwalt can play some outside, you really have to wonder about the depth past Jones and Worilds. This is scary. If they don’t sign Harrison, could another currently unsigned free agent with experience be added? Can Joey Porter still play? (kidding)

Cornerbacks (6)Ike Taylor, Cortez Allen, William Gay, Brice McCain, Shaquille Richardson, Antwon Blake

Analysis: Hopefully Richardson makes it. As far as Blake goes, he’s a great special teams player that can probably also play some safety. Can Robert Golden beat him out? Will both he and Blake make it?

Safeties (4)Troy Polamalu, Mike Mitchell, Shamarko Thomas, Will Allen

Analysis: Mike Tomlin loves Allen. Will that love last one more year? Thomas also can function as a slot dime back. Golden is a big wildcard here.

Specialists (3)

Kicker (1)Shaun Suisham

Analysis: Duh, for now!

Punter (1)Brad Wing

Analysis: Wing has to beat out his demons and veteran Adam Podlesh.

Long Snapper (1)Greg Warren

Analysis: I bet against Warren last year and I won’t do it again.

2014 Steelers 53 Man Roster Prediction Post Draft

Roethlisberger, Ben QB
Gradkowski, Bruce QB
Jones, Landry QB
Brown, Antonio WR
Wheaton, Markus WR
Moore, Lance WR
Heyward-Bey, Darrius WR
Bryant, Martavis WR
Miller, Heath TE
Spaeth, Matt TE
Palmer, Michael TE
Blanchflower, Rob TE
Bell, Le’Veon RB
Blount, LeGarrette RB
Archer, Dri RB
Johnson, Will FB
Pouncey, Maurkice C
DeCastro, David G
Foster, Ramon G
Beachum, Kelvin T/G
Gilbert, Marcus T
Adams, Mike T
Wallace, Cody C/G
Whimper, Guy T/G
Embernate, Nik G
Taylor, Ike CB
Allen, Cortez CB
Gay, William CB
McCain, Brice CB
Richardson, Shaquille CB
Blake, Antwon CB/S
Polamalu, Troy S
Mitchell, Mike S
Thomas, Shamarko S
Allen, Will S
Heyward, Cameron DE
McLendon, Steve NT/DE
Tuitt, Stephon DE
Thomas, Cam DE/NT
Williams, Nick DE
Fangupo, Hebron NT
Timmons, Lawrence ILB
Shazier, Ryan ILB
Williams, Vince ILB
Zumwalt, Jordan ILB
Worilds, Jason OLB
Jones, Jarvis OLB
Carter, Chris OLB
Moats, Arthur OLB/ILB
Harrison, James OLB
Warren, Greg LS
Suisham, Shaun K
Wing, Brad P
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