Most Steelers rookies are buried on the depth chart


After the 2018 draft, when the Steelers picked quarterback Mason Rudolph in round three, Ben Roethlisberger wondered aloud whether the team “screwed up” the selection of quarterback Josh Dobbs in round four of the 2017 draft. Based on the first depth chart issued by the Steelers this year, Roethlisbeger could ask that question about plenty of other draft picks.

Each player picked is buried on the depth chart, with only third-round tackle Chukwuma Okorafor listed as a second stringer.

First-rounder safety Terrell Edmunds lands as the fourth-string free safety. Second-round receiver James Washington is a fifth-stringer, behind Trey Griffey, an undrafted free agent in 2017. And Rudolph sits at No. 4, behind Roethlisberger, Landry Jones, and Dobbs.

The other three picks — safety Marcus Allen, running back Jaylen Samuels, and defensive lineman Joshua Frazier — also are at or near the bottom of the list of available players.

22 responses to “Most Steelers rookies are buried on the depth chart

  1. Preseason depth chart 1. Its last years chart with eveyone else sorted by NFL experience. *yawn*

  2. The should all demand trades and hold out. How can they maximize their talent having to “earn” their spot on the team.

  3. Actually the Steelers have traditionally always put their rookies at the bottom of their positional depth charts during training camp, with few but notable exceptions. Vets first. I think Shazier might have been an early starter. Most everyone else has to earn it during preseason games by their production on the field.

    2nd round WR James Washington will eventually probably start, he’s looked good. Whatever his position on the depth chart, 1st rounder S Edmunds has been running with the starters while free agent pick-up Burnett has been out. With last year’s swing OT Hubbard in Cleveland and projected 2018 swing OT Hawkins out for the year, 3rd rounder OT Chukwuma Okorafor has been running as backup at both tackles. With Marcus Gilbert briefly out, he’s started at RT. Training camp depth charts just aren’t worth much.

    Go Steelers!

  4. Are we making a deal about something that all 31 other teams do before their first game of the preseason? ALL ROOKIES on ALL TEAMS are behind veterans on the depth chart for the first preseason game, this isn’t something new.

  5. jimcross1957 says:
    August 5, 2018 at 5:15 pm
    Come on Mike. Why don’t you say they should take it to the players union, or strike or boycott the owners like you normally do?


    What are you talking about? Your comment makes absolutely no sense. And if you’re so upset about the things he writes you definitely have the option of getting your football news elsewhere

  6. Some draft picks are made to light a fire under a complacent player. In this case it happened twice in the same division.

  7. So some rookies are low on the depth chart in a mature team. Wow….that is some breaking news there

  8. Obviously, whoever wrote this doesnt get that coach T hates depth charts and always lists rooks behind veterans…In fact, this draft class may go down as one of Colbert’s best…

  9. It’s because the Steelers haven’t been able to get a draft right in a decade.

  10. At this stage of The preseason, the depth chart means very little. It’s a very decent draft, and a few of those rookies will be starting by mid season!

  11. Hey Spartan, I will get my info anywhere I want. Most of the reporters on this site are “equal” minded, which is good. Mike on the other hand is always anti league and anti ownership no matter what the situation.

  12. Release Rudolph please! The Fins could use him … they have “The OZ” and a guy named “Fails” as their back-ups …

  13. The Truth says:
    August 5, 2018 at 8:51 pm
    If you are a 4th string DB on that swiss cheese of a defense you gotta stink.
    More accurately: If you’re 4th string behind Joe Burnt Toast Haden, you gotta stink.

  14. Isnt that a good thing. In GB another season of having to rely on new and untested rookies in key positions due to Ted T letting the talent walk (cheap ball).

    Ya they call in draft and develop in GB but its moron football operations because after three years you developed someone who is ready to move on and collect the big bucks and you end up with rookies you must play.

    Having the lux of not needed your rookies rat now is a good thing, very good thing

  15. Seriously, it’s the *first* depth chart. 10 days of training camp, no preseason games. Excluding teams with 0 depth, or that think they’ve drafted a generational talent, how many teams have rookie classes that aren’t buried at this point?

  16. Gee – Im surprised TyLawPick6 isn’t in here saying how much of a bust TJ Watt is, how bad of a coach Tomlin is, and how perhaps Goodell has been a co-conspirator in how the league requires a 53 man roster.

  17. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    August 5, 2018 at 7:06 pm
    It’s because the Steelers haven’t been able to get a draft right in a decade


    Yeah – guys like Pouncey & ABrown & DeCastro & Shazier & LevBell & CamHeyward & Tuitt & JuJu all suck. Please stick to the limited info you pretend to know about your beloved Pats.

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