Kozora: 2014 Steelers 53 Man Roster Prediction – Post Draft

By Alex Kozora

Following Dave Bryan’s lead, here is my first crack at predicting the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 53 man roster. Needless to say, this is subject to change once we hit training camp.

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

Analysis: Jones is safe for at least another season. Other than that, not much to discuss.

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

Analysis: Depth is a little concerning with just three running backs, including a 173 pound Archer (still counting him as a running back even with the number change), but neither Alvester Alexander, Tauren Poole, or Miguel Maysonet deserve consideration at this point.

Fullback – (1) Will Johnson

Analysis: No brainer here. Johnson didn’t play as much in 2013 with the team using so much 11 personnel still has value as a blocker, receiver, and emergency runner. Especially with only three running backs.

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

Analysis: Blanchflower is talented enough to beat out David Paulson. Palmer becomes a pure special teamer.

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

Analysis: An interesting group and difficult to project. Not much special teams experience with this group, especially if Archer knocks Brown off return duties. If Wheaton becomes the #2 WR, it’s unlikely he keeps his job as a full-time gunner. The #5 spot could be open to whoever wins Danny Smith’s heart but then again, Derek Moye rarely played on special teams when active last year.

Offensive Line – (8) Kelvin Beachum, Marcus Gilbert, Ramon Foster, David DeCastro, Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Adams, Guy Whimper, Cody Wallace

Analysis: Whimper and Wallace become a swingmen. Their experience is enough to send Wesley Johnson to the practice squad. The Steelers have kept just eight lineman the last two seasons.

Defensive Lineman – (6) Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Steve McLendon, Cam Thomas, Brian Arnfelt, Roy Philon

Analysis: Debatable group. Could Brett Keisel get re-signed? Arnfelt’s hard work and strong preseason showings is enough to put him over Nick Williams. Philon is my summer flier. Always a good chance a UDFA makes the club. The team stashes Daniel McCullers on the practice squad.

Outside Linebacker – (4) Jarvis Jones, Jason Worilds, Arthur Moats, Chris Carter

Analysis: As much as it pains me, the team stubbornly keeps Carter on the roster again. Moats can play inside and out.

Inside Linebacker – (5) Lawrence Timmons, Ryan Shazier, Vince Williams, Jordan Zumwalt, Terence Garvin

Analysis: Crowded group. If Sean Spence looks healthy, some tough decisions will have to be made. Until we get eyes on him, he’s left off the list. Position to watch during camp. Someone isn’t getting a rose.

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

Analysis: The team can’t have back-to-back years with a 5th round cornerback not making the team, right? Richardson gets a spot. He and Blake become gunners.

Safety – (5) Troy Polamalu, Mike Mitchell, Shamarko Thomas, Will Allen, Robert Golden

Analysis: Loads of special teams value here with Thomas, Allen and Golden all seeing extensive time there last season. Thomas slides in as the dimeback. Allen is also capable of playing there.

Kicker – (1) Shaun Suisham

Analysis: No brainer.

Punter – (1) Adam Podlesh

Analysis: Little more experience than Brad Wing and brings more consistency. Better way to avoid junior varsity punts.

Long Snapper – (1) Greg Warren

Analysis: I’m not Warren’s biggest fan but the team made little effort to replace him.

Practice Squad – (8) Wesley Johnson, Eric Waters , Daniel McCullers, Chris Elkins, Justin Brown , Miguel Maysonet, Devin Smith, Howard Jones

Kozora’s 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
Taylor, Ike CB
Allen, Cortez CB
Gay, William CB
McCain, Brice CB
Blake, Antwon CB
Richardson, Shaquille CB
Polamalu, Troy S
Mitchell, Mike S
Thomas, Shamarko S
Allen, Will S
Golden, Robert S
Heyward, Cameron DE
McLendon, Steve NT/DE
Tuitt, Stephon DE
Thomas, Cam DE/NT
Arnfelt, Brian DE
Philon, Roy DE
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
Garvin, Terence ILB/OLB
Warren, Greg LS
Suisham, Shaun K
Podlesh, Adam P
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