Setting Realistic Training Camp Expectations for Each Pittsburgh Steelers Rookie

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Setting Realistic Training Camp Expectations for Each Pittsburgh Steelers Rookie
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Billed as one of the deepest NFL drafts in years, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert looked to replenish his team's roster with young talent.

He did just that with a nine-man draft class.

With so much talent available—and the need for rookies to contribute sooner—the expectations for first-year NFL players is higher than ever. Even for a team as patient as the Steelers, at least two rookies will compete for a starting job in training camp.

Ryan Shazier and Stephon Tuitt will have every opportunity to start this year, while players such as Dri Archer and Martavis Bryant will look to earn spots as significant role players. It has even been suggested that Wesley Johnson could earn a starting role on the offensive line. 

Many of these expectations are because of the pure excitement of adding young talent to the roster. Others are simply holding out hope that rookies can be the answer to filling holes on the roster. As a result, when a rookie doesn’t “star” right away, they are viewed as a bust—see Jarvis Jones from last season.

There is no arguing that the Steelers need significant contributions from their rookie class, but how realistic is that? Will these players live up to their potential in year one or do they need a year or two to develop?

From the undrafted free agents to the first-round selection, here is a breakdown of the realistic expectations for each rookie heading into training camp.

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