The Pittsburgh Steelers once had one of the deepest, most talented rosters in the entire league. That is not the case anymore, as a once-great team is littered with mediocre talent across many of its positions.
Much of this has been the result of a high roster turnover in recent years. The Steelers have released aging veterans who helped lead them to multiple Super Bowl titles in favor of youth. Given the speed of this transition, many of the young players haven’t been able to develop into effective starters yet.
The result has been back-to-back missed playoff appearances in Pittsburgh. That was enough for general manager Kevin Colbert to make some significant changes to the roster this offseason.
In an effort to add talent and build depth, Colbert had one of his most active free-agency periods and used all nine of his draft picks. It is clear with these moves that he was intent on adding youth and speed to the roster.
Mike Mitchell was the top signing of the offseason, but was it enough to bolster the secondary? Is Cam Thomas the answer on the defensive line, or will the Steelers regret not re-signing Brett Keisel? Is the offensive line finally ready to break out?
Those are just a few of the questions regarding the roster that must be answered prior to the start of the 2014 season.
To determine the deepest and thinnest areas of the team, I evaluated each position and assigned a rating based on the quality of experienced players in place as well as the upside of the new players—both rookies and free-agent signings—and then ranked from deepest to thinnest.
So what were the results? Here are the Steelers' two deepest and thinnest positions as training camp approaches.