It has been some time since the Pittsburgh Steelers have had a situation where a rookie class has the chance to make the type of impact the 2014 class does. There was a time where any Steelers rookie understood they were relegated to depth and special teams in their first year in the league.
This year is very different. Of the Steelers’ nine draft picks, there is a case that three or four could be starting on opening weekend. In addition, two or three more could be essential backup and rotational players.
Over the course of the next few months, Pittsburgh will work to pare down its roster and set its depth chart. Here are five rookies whose position with this team could make a huge impact on the success of this franchise.