SB Nation Ranks Steelers' Offensive Line 12th in NFL

June 12, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey (53) participates in blocking drills during minicamp at the UPMC Sports Performance Complex. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

SB Nation's Ryan Van Bibber moved his position-by-position league focus to the offensive line recently, ranking the Steelers 12th overall in the NFL.

He didn't, but could have added the proverbial "with a bullet" at the end of it.

Noting the addition of RG David DeCastro, and pointing out a concern with potential starting LT Mike Adams, the Steelers still could have one of the best front fives in football. The question is how can they blend together?

The recent signing of OT Max Starks will no doubt help ease that transition. He's the only player in NFL history to start at both right and left tackle on two Super Bowl champion teams, and is highly endorsed by QB Ben Roethlisberger. He can no doubt serve as a mentor to Adams, and to an offensive line that's essentially brand new.

No player among it will be playing on shoulder over from a player they played next to last season. RT Willie Colon was moved to left guard, and DeCastro will take over for Chris Kemoeatu and/or Doug Legursky, meaning C Maurkice Pouncey will have new guys to his left and right. RT Marcus Gilbert and DeCastro haven't played together, obviously, neither have Adams and Colon.

A ranking of 12 seems appropriate for now, but I'd hold off judgment of this group until the end of the season. Plenty of reasons to think they'll be well into the single digits.


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