Who are 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? With camp approaching, we will rank the Steelers 90-man roster in order of importance. This edition will feature, players 10-1.
10. Ramon Foster
Last season Foster rated out as the second ranked guard in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus. The Steelers offensive line has some big name power, so Foster is not the first name you point to when thinking of top Steelers players. However, he has been a consistent rock in the middle of the line since 2011. He turned into a great luxury for the team and has is one of the top ten players on the team.
9. Marcus Gilbert
Gilbert is in the running for the best right tackle in football. Gilbert has been a consistent starter for since 2013 and has finished in the top ten in approximate value at his position every season. With so much attention being paid to left tackle, it does not get mentioned enough how strong Gilbert is on the other side.
8. Martavis Bryant
Brant should be higher on the list. However, without playing a full season it is too hard to declare him an immediate top five players. However, that is his upside. He has elite speed and size and is a deep ball threat who can take the offense to another level. Here’s to hoping that he will live up to his hype.
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7. Stephon Tuitt
Tuitt stepped up last season in the absence of Cameron Heyward and the team reeled off nine wins in a row to close the season. Tuitt was a horse, playing over 85 percent of the team’s snaps. He is due to a contract extension soon and one should be completed this offseason.
6. David DeCastro
DeCastro had a down year by his standards in 2016. However, if that is his floor, the Steelers are going to be just fine with DeCastro. DeCastro is a two time Pro Bowler and a two-time All-Pro.
5. Cam Heyward
The Steelers defense can reach a whole new level with 16 games of Cameron Heyward. The young players gelled together late, and with a healthy Heyward, there is a big step yet to be taken. Heyward put up seven sacks in two straight seasons and was on pace for seven again when a pectoral injury sidelined him seven games into the season. Heyward appears to be healthy, and should again be one of the leaders of this team.
4. Maurkice Pouncey
Pouncey is a five time Pro Bowler and a six-time All-Pro. The Steelers rushing offense is on a whole different level when he is in the lineup, and he gels an offensive line that features five of the best players on the team.
3. Le’Veon Bell
The Steelers three headed monster finishes off the list of valuable players. Bell sits at three currently when considering the contract statuses of all of the teams. Antonio Brown just signed a lucrative extension, and while Roethlisberger hinted at retirement, he has three years left on his deal. Bell is a great running back and the hope is that the Steelers can find a way to keep him on the team in the long term.
2. Antonio Brown
Brown, arguably the best wide receiver on the team checks in at number two for the Steelers. Brown has been one of the most consistent players in all of the NFL over the past four seasons and now has had a three year run of over 10 touchdown receptions. Brown is a truly dominant player and is clearly one of the most valuable players in the entire NFL.
1. Ben Roethlisberger
It is a quarterback league, and when the Steelers put Ben Roethlisberger on the field, their chances of winning any game at any moment improve dramatically. As mentioned, the clock on Roethlisberger’s career is getting close to the final countdown, so the Steelers are in a rush to strike now and write history. They have built the entire team around him and know he is their prime chance to win those Super Bowls. This is why Roethlisberger is the most valuable asset on the Steelers.