Projected Depth Chart
Inside Linebacker: Lawrence Timmons, Vince Williams, Ryan Shazier, Terence Garvin, Sean Spence, Jordan Zumwalt, Kion Wilson, Daniel Molls
Outside Linebacker: Jason Worilds, Jarvis Jones, Arthur Moats, Chris Carter, Vic So'oto
In an effort to upgrade their front seven, the Steelers made some significant changes to their linebacking corps this offseason. That included the release of LaMarr Woodley, signing of Arthur Moats and drafting of two linebackers.
On the inside, Vince Williams will enter training camp as the starter alongside Lawrence Timmons. He had a solid rookie season considering he was a sixth-round selection. But as a two-down linebacker who struggled some in stopping the run, first-round draft pick Ryan Shazier shouldn't be out of the starting lineup for long.
Shazier has incredible speed for a linebacker, and this will aid him when going sideline-to-sideline as well as a dropping into coverage. His instincts and high football IQ will help him learn the defense relatively quickly, which means he will be in the starting lineup sooner rather than later.
Expect another rookie to join him on the roster as Jordan Zumwalt is a talented linebacker prospect who will contribute on special teams. He will find himself low on the depth chart and will have to surpass several players to earn a roster spot.
In addition to playing special teams, Zumwalt does have the ability to play outside linebacker, though he will focus on the inside to start his career.
One of these is Sean Spence. He was recently cleared to return and will join the competition for a spot on the depth chart.
Jason Worilds and Jarvis Jones are virtual locks to start on the outside while Arthur Moats will be the primary backup. Chris Carter and Vic So'oto are not particularly impressive backups, meaning that an undrafted free agent may have an opportunity to secure a spot on the final roster.