Moving along to part 53 of our 90-part series — assuming the roster does not change before we are complete — which will break down each player of the Steelers current 90-man roster in alphabetical order. This series will encompass many aspects of each players game and their current role with the team. At the end, I’ll give some projected stats as well as their chances to make the 53-man roster.
Let’s take a look at the former Baylor Bear:
Height: 6’ 2”
Weight: 263 lbs
Draft: UDFA in 2020
2019 stats (NCAA)
8.5 Tackles for Loss
1 Forced Fumble
1 Fumble Recovery
Expires in 2022
$612,833 salary cap number (0.31% of total cap)
$2,833 Dead money
$610,000 Savings if cut
Likelihood of making the roster
Unlikely. The 2020 Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker room is loaded and the depth chart goes as followed:
Starters: T.J. Watt & Bud Dupree
Primary Back-up: Alex Highsmith
Depth: Tuzar Skipper & Olasunkanmi Adeniyi
Lockhart will have to push out either of the Toledo alumni to win a spot on the team, and considering the Steelers went out of their way to bring Skipper back plus Adeniyi is heading into his third season with the team, it won't be an easy task for Lockhart.
The shortened training camp will hamstring any shot Lockhart would have at making this team. If Lockhart impresses he should get a shot at the practice squad, and get another shot in 2021. I just don't see Lockhart making an impact for this team in 2020.
N/A — Cut
The Steelers are loaded at outside linebacker and the unit is definitely an area of strength. This is great for us fans but terrible for someone trying to crack the roster. Covid-19 took an already Herculean task and made it virtually impossible for Lockhart to make this team. It will be interesting to see how much playing time Lockhart gets in whatever will be left of the 2020 preseason, as Highsmith, Skipper, and Adeniyi will all get/need a ton of reps. I hope this kid gets another shot next year.
Antoine Brooks Jr.
Ulysees Gilbert III