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Bryan: 2017 Steelers 53-Man Roster Prediction: Post Draft Edition

With the 2017 NFL Draft now completed it’s time for my to throw out my initial 53-man roster prediction for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

As usual, I have included some analysis underneath each position group and I invite you to post your own differences in the comments below along with your own 53-man roster prediction.

My next stab at the Steelers 53-man roster will likely be posted right before the team reports to training camp and after that one will come after each and every preseason game.

Offense (25)

Quarterbacks (3)Ben Roethlisberger, Landry Jones, Joshua Dobbs

Analysis: The Steelers mercifully released Zach Mettenberger after Dobbs was drafted and that makes the selection of these three even easier than it already was.

Running Backs (3)Le’Veon Bell, Knile Davis, James Conner

Analysis: Can Conner overtake Davis as the No. 2 at some point? As things stand right now, Davis might be the Steelers kickoff returner in 2017.

Fullbacks (1)Roosevelt Nix

Analysis: It’s really hard to imagine Nix not winning this job once again as not only is he a solid fullback, he’s a solid special teams player to boot.

Wide Receivers (6)Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Sammie Coates, Eli Rogers, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Darrius Heyward-Bey

Analysis: Brown and Smith-Schuster are obviously locks and one would think Bryant will be as well as long as he walks the straight and narrow moving forward. As far as the rest of the group, there figures to be some great training battles forthcoming. Heyward-Bey’s path is mainly special teams related and there’s no guarantee the Steelers keep six total wide receivers. Cobi Hamilton, Demarcus Ayers and Justin Hunter are all outsiders at this point, in my opinion.

Tight Ends (4)Ladarius Green, Jesse James, David Johnson, Xavier Grimble

Analysis: The Steelers signed Johnson to a two-year contract and while he’s still very much cuttable, there’s some level of confidence in him it appears and especially if he can continue to contribute on special teams. Grimble is a huge question mark right now and the same can likely be said about Green considering his concussion history. There’s no guarantee four in total will make it.

Offensive Linemen (8)Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Ramon Foster, Marcus Gilbert, Alejandro Villanueva, B.J. Finney, Chris Hubbard, Jerald Hawkins

Analysis: After missing his rookie season with a shoulder injury, Hawkins still has a lot to prove and thus he’s not a lock. While Hubbard has been a fixture for a few seasons now, he’ll once again need to win out again during training camp. Brian Mihalik probably remains a possibility.

Defense (25)

Defensive Linemen (6)Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Javon Hargrave, Tyson Alualu, Daniel McCullers, L.T. Walton

Analysis: Once you get past Heyward, Tuitt, Hargrave and Alualu, there’s a few uncertainties for what figures to be the final two defensive line spots as the Steelers normally like to keep only six.

Inside Linebackers (4)Ryan Shazier, Vince Williams, Steven Johnson, Tyler Matakevich

Analysis: Behind Shazier and Williams sits Johnson and Matakevich and they both have special team value. Neither should be considered locks, however.

Outside Linebackers (5)Bud Dupree, James Harrison, T.J. Watt, Anthony Chickillo, Arthur Moats

Analysis: If draft pick Keion Adams can show upside along with special teams ability, he could potentially make Moats and his salary expendable. Would the Steelers consider keeping six outside linebackers in total?

Cornerbacks (6) –  Artie Burns, Ross Cockrell, Coty Sensabaugh, Cameron Sutton, William Gay, Brian Allen

Analysis: Senquez Golson has a lot to prove this summer as does draft pick Allen. Of the six cornerbacks listed, Gay and Allen are the biggest question marks right now.

Safeties (4)Mike Mitchell, Sean Davis, Robert Golden, Jordan Dangerfield

Analysis: The Steelers not drafting a safety this year helps the cause of Golden and Dangerfield. Can an undrafted safety overtake either of the two? That will be tough to do when it comes to the special teams and experience factors.

Specialists (3)

Kicker (1)Chris Boswell

Analysis: Barring an injury, Boswell is a lock.

Punter (1)Jordan Berry

Analysis: Berry, like Boswell, is a lock as we sit here in May.

Long Snapper (1)Colin Holba

Analysis: I know better than to bet against Greg Warren but I’m going to do it just the same. The Steelers spent a six-round pick on Holba and it makes you wonder if there’s something wrong medically with Warren.

Steelers 2017 53-Man Roster Prediction
OFFENSE
Roethlisberger, Ben QB
Jones, Landry QB
Dobbs, Joshua QB
Bell, Le’Veon RB
Davis, Knile RB
Conner, James RB
Nix, Roosevelt FB
Brown, Antonio WR
Bryant, Martavis WR
Coates, Sammie WR
Rogers, Eli WR
Smith-Schuster, JuJu WR
Heyward-Bey, Darrius WR
Green, Ladarius TE
James, Jesse TE
Johnson, David TE
Grimble, Xavier TE
Pouncey, Maurkice C
Foster, Ramon G
DeCastro, David G
Finney, B.J. C/G
Hubbard, Chris T/G
Gilbert, Marcus T
Villanueva, Alejandro T
Hawkins, Jerald T
DEFENSE
Heyward, Cameron DE
Tuitt, Stephon DE
Alualu, Tyson DE
Hargrave, Javon DT
McCullers, Daniel DT
Walton, L.T. DE
Harrison, James OLB
Dupree, Bud OLB
Watt, T.J. OLB
Chickillo, Anthony OLB
Moats, Arthur OLB
Shazier, Ryan ILB
Williams, Vince ILB
Johnson, Steven ILB
Matakevich, Tyler ILB
Burns, Artie CB
Cockrell, Ross CB
Sutton, Cameron CB
Sensabaugh, Coty CB
Gay, William CB
Allen, Brian CB
Mitchell, Mike S
Davis, Sean S
Golden, Robert S
Dangerfield, Jordan S
SPECIALISTS
Boswell, Chris K
Berry, Jordan P
Holba, Colin LS
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