Projecting the Steelers' Starting Lineup Before the 2014 NFL Draft

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Projecting the Steelers' Starting Lineup Before the 2014 NFL Draft
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Turnover is inevitable in the NFL. With the contract structures being what they are, players become nomads, moving to where the money is. The Pittsburgh Steelers are no strangers to the migratory patterns of free agents. In most cases, the top players are those leaving the fold, rather than coming in. Nevertheless, this team continues to field a competitive lineup year-after-year.


Looking back on 2013, and looking ahead to 2014, we see very little turnover. On offense, Pittsburgh lost wide receivers Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders. The two were sort of co-starters, as Pittsburgh employed a ton of three-wide sets. However, other than them, the bulk of this starting offense is still in place.


On defense, things are very much the same. Most of the players who Pittsburgh chose to jettison weren't significant contributors in 2013. They will not be missed. Yes, there are needs to be addressed on defense, but by and large, there are enough players here with starting experience that the Pittsburgh coaching staff should be very comfortable going into the season.


So, if the season started today, who would be in the starting lineup? Let's take a look at a possible starting lineup on offense and defense and see if there are any spots where you think a rookie might come in and challenge for a starting spot.


 


All statistics courtesy of pro-football-reference.com.

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