With the Steelers season slowly approaching, we round out the ranking season by ranking the most valuable Steelers on the roster. Which players are the Steelers relying on to have a big 2017 season the most? Who would be the most devastating player to take away for a season? This edition will feature, players 50-41.
50. Brian Allen
Allen is a complete unknown as a rookie at cornerback. A former wide receiver, Allen has limited experience at cornerback and is quite raw. However, he is an extreme athlete with great length and size. He may spend a season on the practice squad, but he is a very intriguing prospect with tons of upside.
49. Leterrius Walton
Last season Walton saw himself in a rotational role due to the injury to Cameron Heyward. Walton went from 29 snaps as a rookie to 255 defensive in 2016. He showed well in his limited time and should stick around in a backup role in 2017.
48. David Johnson
Johnson is nice to keep around as a tight end/fullback. He is a chess piece who can line up in a variety of spots and can help as a blocker and a pass catcher. Johnson brings value schematically and should be able to stick around on the bottom of the roster because of this.
47. Landry Jones
Jones will be the backup quarterback this season. While he signed a two-year deal, the hope around the Steelers organization should be for Joshua Dobbs to beat out Jones by this time next season. The Steelers should know that they do not have a starter in Jones, and while he presents value as an emergency option, his days in Pittsburgh should be limited.
46. Justin Hunter
Hunter is a high upside, low-risk proposition. Last season he only caught ten passes but turned it into four touchdowns. He has a similar profile to Martavis Bryant and may be Bryant insurance, in case he is suspended. However, he also has an outside shot to make the roster and would be a nice red zone addition.
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45. Keion Adams
Adams is a rookie seventh round pick, but he has a lot of upside. Adams has great speed but is a bit undersized to play outside linebacker in the NFL. However, his speed and willingness to play on special teams could get him a roster spot this season.
44. DeMarcus Ayers
Ayers stepped in for the last two games of the season in 2016 and showed well. He stepped up as a blocker and drew a huge pass interference call against the Baltimore Ravens in week 16. Ayers can make the roster by winning a punt return job, and could eventually profile as a splash player on offense.
43. Daimion Stafford
Stafford was brought in late in the offseason, but he is an intriguing addition. Stafford spent four seasons with the Titans, and while he started eight games, most of his play has come on special teams. He is a special teams asset and may find his way onto the roster as a fourth or fifth safety.
42. Roosevelt Nix
Nix is a fullback and does not see the ball much. However, his value on offense and special teams is undeniable. Nix is a stud blocker on offense and can be seen leading the way for Le’Veon Bell in the run game. He is also a monster on special teams, playing on every unit. He provides a lot of underrated value for the Steelers.
41. L.J. Fort
Fort has been with the Steelers for the past two seasons. He spent most of 2015 on the practice squad but spent most of 2016 on the active roster. Fort is a special teamer first, but stepped in for an injured Ryan Shazier for a game and fared well. Fort should be able to make the roster again in 2017 if he can provide the same special team’s value.