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    Pre-Draft NFL Lineup Rankings: Steelers #12

    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.


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    The should remove David Johnson from the FB slot and put in Will Johnson instead.
    Here We Go Steelers!

    28 Mason Rudolph QB OK St
    60 Malik Jefferson ILB Texas
    92 Terrel Edmunds SS VT
    148 Durham Smythe TE Notre Dame
    165 Andrew Brown DE UVA
    220 Reggie Bonnafon RB Louisville
    246 Chris Worley ILB OSU

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    I dont think Allen replacing Lewis is a loss, and will turn out to be the better player.

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    hard to take this serious when they say we use to be an offensive juggernaut

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    Quote Originally Posted by calmkiller View Post
    The should remove David Johnson from the FB slot and put in Will Johnson instead.
    I agree 100%. Will Johnson did a great job last year. He is a versatile athlete that was a great find for the Steelers, especially as an undrafted player. Good blocker, excellent speed for a fullback, and actually played tight end in college. It could be argued that he was the rookie of the year last year for the black and gold. Hope they continue to use him in the years to come.

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    I agree. I still think letting go of Lewis was letting go of the wrong player. If I had to pick one of the three to leave (between Allen, Lewis, and Taylor), it would be Taylor. I like Ike, but his playing days are getting short, and he's got a pile of money tied up that can be used to re-tool the roster with talented young players.


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