Early Predictions for the Steelers' Final 53-Man Roster

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Early Predictions for the Steelers' Final 53-Man Roster
Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

Now that the draft is in the books, the Pittsburgh Steelers have a daunting task ahead of them. They must take the 80-plus players they have on the roster and begin paring them down to the final 53-man roster.

Pittsburgh will take between now and late August to figure out which 53 players fit this team the best and can help it right the ship from two 8-8 seasons. The Steelers are going to have some tough decisions to make this offseason.

They put together a very good draft, but they also had some nice young players already on the roster. Numbers are limited, so who ends up making the final cut and who ends up on the practice squad will be interesting.

Speaking of the practice squad, the NFL designates that a team can have eight players on their practice squad each year. The Steelers have a couple of undrafted free agents who could be prime candidates for the PS this year, which could bump some other players off the team.

With the players the Steelers have right now, here is a possible scenario for the final 53-man roster. Keeping in mind, once this team gets some June 1 cap relief, it could be a player in free agency again. In particular, Pittsburgh could be in the mix for a veteran cornerback to bolster depth.

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