Steelers Mock Depth Chart Prior To Second Preseason Game

By Alex Kozora

Although the Pittsburgh Steelers official depth chart has been released, those don’t tend to be very involved and aren’t always accurate. If it wasn’t league-mandated, teams wouldn’t submit them this early.

I’ve created a depth chart below based on what I believe the current – and I can’t emphasis the word “current” enough here – depth chart is based on what I’ve seen through 12 practices and one game. It also allows for overlap where a player can be listed twice, something the team depth chart doesn’t include (e.g. Will Allen is listed at free and strong safety). And wanted to shed any “co-team” labels like you’ll see on depth charts. That’s no fun.

Don’t read too much into it but it’s something to start your morning off. Added a couple of notes below.


Ben Roethlisberger
Bruce Gradkowski
Landry Jones
Brendon Kay

Running Back

Le’Veon Bell
LeGarrette Blount
Dri Archer
Tauren Poole
Josh Harris
Jordan Hall
Miguel Maysonet


Will Johnson

Tight End

Heath Miller
Matt Spaeth
Will Johnson
David Paulson
Michael Palmer
Eric Waters
Robert Blanchflower
Bryce Davis

Wide Receiver

Antonio Brown
Markus Wheaton
Lance Moore
Justin Brown
Martavis Bryant
Derek Moye
Darrius Heyward-Bey
Lanear Sampson
Kashif Moore
CJ Goodwin
James Shaw

Left Tackle

Kelvin Beachum
Mike Adams
Guy Whimper
Wesley Johnson

Left Guard

Ramon Foster
Chris Hubbard
Bryant Browning
Chris Elkins


Maurkice Pouncey
Cody Wallace
Wesley Johnson
Chris Elkins

Right Guard

David DeCastro
Bryant Browning
Chris Hubbard
Will Simmons

Right Tackle

Marcus Gilbert
Mike Adams
Guy Whimper
Emmanuel McCray

Left End

Cam Thomas
Stephon Tuitt
Ethan Hemer
Nick Williams

Nose Tackle

Steve McLendon
Cam Thomas
Daniel McCullers
Hebron Fangupo
Roy Philon
Al Lapuaho

Right End

Cam Heyward
Josh Mauro
Brian Arnfelt

Left Outside Linebacker

Jason Worilds
Arthur Moats
Vic So’oto

Buck Linebacker

Lawrence Timmons
Vince Williams
Jordan Zumwalt

Mack Linebacker

Ryan Shazier
Sean Spence
Terence Garvin
Dan Molls

Right Outside Linebacker

Jarvis Jones
Chris Carter
Howard Jones

Left Cornerback

Cortez Allen
William Gay
Antwon Blake
Devin Smith
Shaq Richardson

Right Cornerback

Ike Taylor
William Gay
Brice McCain
Isaiah Green
Lew Toler

Nickel Corner

William Gay
Brice McCain
Devin Smith

Strong Safety

Troy Polamalu
Will Allen
Shamarko Thomas
Jordan Dangerfield

Free Safety

Mike Mitchell
Will Allen
Robert Golden
Ross Ventrone


Brad Wing
Adam Podlesh


Shaun Suisham

Long Snapper

Greg Warren
Bryce Davis

– Clearly, I don’t have special teams on here. Want to do something a little more in-depth with that later in the week.

– Running back is tough to get a read on. Today’s pecking order should reveal more. Still have Poole ahead of Harris based on what happened up until yesterday’s practice. Poole’s special teams value also gives him the edge. Harris hasn’t played on any unit. But decided to leapfrog Harris over Hall and Maysonet, though a case can be made for Hall to remain ahead.

– Back end of the wide receivers, the last four, are a tossup. Put Sampson ahead because he at least played on special teams Saturday. More than what can be said for Moore, Goodwin, and Shaw – though Shaw probably hadn’t learned the system well enough to consider playing. Kashif Moore is still the eldest of the three, followed by Goodwin, and Shaw, determining the final three.

– Tight end is similar between Blanchflower and Waters, though I’m positive both are behind Paulson. Waters came in before Blanchflower and got a look on special teams so he’s ahead for now.

– Still currently see Mike Adams as the swing tackle at either spot.

– Moats could become the first man up at either outside linebacker spot but I want to see him get reps at ROLB in a game before I add him in there.

– Devin Smith over Shaq Richardson would be a surprise to most but I’m just reading the tea leaves from Saturday’s game. Smith came in at LCB before Richardson. And I’ll repeat: “currently.”

– Still see Will Allen as the top backup at both safety spots.

– Being generous by calling Bryce Davis the backup long snapper. I don’t think he’s long-snapped in practice since early in camp. Didn’t at all in the game.

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