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Will the Steelers be able to plug all the holes on the 2021 roster?

The Steelers are starting to run out of time to sure up some key positions.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are loading up their roster like a team wanting to compete in 2021. The problem is there still is a number of glaring holes on the roster, and any competent opponent will exploit those weaknesses. I’m sure some of you are thinking, “Well, they can just fill these holes in the draft”. The flaw in this is the Steelers have far too many holes to fill with just eight draft picks. They would also have to hit on a minimum of five of those picks.

Basically, the Steelers are reliant on a perfect draft.

Let’s just take a look at the Steelers positions of need kicking off with positions that still need starting caliber players:
Running back
Tight End
Cornerback (Nickel or outside)
Inside Linebacker

After those positions, the Steelers have a number of vacancies at a number of important depth positions including Outside Linebacker, Safety, and along the Offensive Line.

When it comes to free agency, the market seems to have slowed to a halt. At the time of writing, Karl Joseph’s meeting with the Steelers was nothing more than that. If the Steelers were able to scoop up a couple more depth players, they could take a whole lot more pressure off their 2021 draft class. This team is still able to make some money saving moves, so if they recognize the flaws in their roster they would be wise to add some more veteran talent into the fold.

This team will also need some old faces to make a big step this year. At least one of the following players will be a starter on the offensive side of the ball:

B.J. Finney
Kevin Rader
Zach Gentry
Benny Snell

Defensively, the pressure falls on Alex Highsmith, Cameron Sutton, James Pierre, and Robert Spillane. Big steps must be taken by these players for the Steelers to have any chance to get back to the playoffs.

Basically, the Steelers are reliant on a number of players taking a big step forward, and a number of rookies playing far beyond expectations. In my opinion, this team will be pretty good but will have one big time glaring hole, we just don't know where yet. Let’s just hope that weakness doesn't cause the team to collapse.

But what do you think? Will the Steelers roster have a big time hole? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below.