Pre-Draft NFL Lineup Rankings

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

12. Pittsburgh Steelers

QB: Ben Roethlisberger
RB: Jonathan Dwyer
FB: David Johnson
WR: Antonio Brown
WR: Emmanuel Sanders
WR: Jerricho Cotchery
LT: Marcus Gilbert
LG: Ramon Foster
C: Maurkice Pouncey
RG: David DeCastro
RT: Mike Adams

Offensive Overview: Heath Miller is not listed because he tore his ACL, MCL, and PCL in December and won't be ready for Week 1. If the Steelers lose Sanders to a restricted free agent offer sheet -- New England is interested -- Big Ben's weaponry would take another crushing blow. Roethlisberger's presence and a seemingly promising on-paper offensive line keep this unit competitive, but it's no longer a juggernaut. The Steelers will have to attack the skill positions in the draft. GM Kevin Colbert will pick eight times in April.

LE: Ziggy Hood
RE: Brett Keisel
NT: Steve McLendon
ILB: Lawrence Timmons
ILB: Larry Foote
OLB: LaMarr Woodley
OLB: Jason Worilds
RCB: Ike Taylor
LCB: Cortez Allen
FS: Ryan Clark
SS: Troy Polamalu

Defensive Overview: The Steelers ranked first in total defense, first in pass defense, and second against the run in 2012. The Dick LeBeau factor means Pittsburgh's defense will almost certainly remain stout, but it's a group in significant flux. Gone are stalwart outside 'backer James Harrison, nose tackle Casey Hampton, and left corner Keenan Lewis. Potential in-house replacements Worilds, McLendon, and Allen are largely unproven. The Steelers will have a good defense in 2013, but will it be good enough to carry the team? This is a borderline playoff lineup.