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4 Steelers rookies will have an immediate impact in 2021

In the new “30 Scenarios in 30 Days” series, we break down situations which could take place for the Steelers in 2021.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the 2021 regular season, but before the real games begin, the team has to head to training camp to fine tune their skills. As we here at BTSC prepare you for the start of camp, we give you a series called “30 Scenarios in 30 Days” which gives you a Steelers scenario every day leading up to the start of camp.

It is simple how it works. We provide you the scenario, reasons why it will or won’t happen, and then our prediction for what we think will take place.

Let’s get to the scenario...

Scenario: 4 Steelers rookies will have an immediate impact in 2021

Why it will happen: On paper, this seems pretty obvious. Just look at the Steelers’ draft picks from the 2021 NFL Draft and it isn’t difficult to see how the team could get immediate contributions from four rookies. Let’s take a look:

Najee Harris, RB
Kendrick Green, C/G
Pat Freiermuth, TE
Pressley Harvin III, P

Those players right there are four who could have an immediate impact on the Steelers in 2021 starting in Week 1. But could there be even more?! If Dan Moore Jr. beats out Joe Haeg for the swing backup role, he would be a contributor in jumbo packages. Buddy Johnson should be a special teams demon as a rookie, and that certainly is a contribution. Tre Norwood, the Swiss Army Knife, could see time in sub packages. You get where I’m going with this. The scenario states four rookies to have an immediate impact, and I don’t see it being a stretch to foresee this happening.

Why it won’t happen: On paper, this seems pretty obvious, but that might be jumping the gun a bit. Sure, we all assume Friermuth will have a role opposite Eric Ebron, but what if he is used sparingly? We all believe Kendrick Green will be the center by season’s end, but the scenario is for an immediate impact in 2021. Most of the Steelers fan base are rooting for Harvin to beat out Jordan Berry, but nothing is set in stone. If any of these scenarios come to fruition, suddenly the number four gets dwindled down quickly. The only lock in this scenario is Najee Harris, other than that? It will be a wait-and-see game.

Prediction: The more I learn and study the Steelers 2021 NFL Draft class, the more I like the group. They should have contributors throughout all nine drafted players, and this isn’t even counting undrafted players. I don’t see a way the Steelers don’t have Harris, Freiermuth and Harvin as impact players in Week 1. My only hesitation is Green beating out B.J. Finney to start the season at center. Will the Steelers have four impact players from the rookie class in 2021? No doubt. Will it be in Week 1? I hope so, but I’m leaning towards three in Week 1, not four.


Check out yesterday’s ‘30 Scenarios in 30 Days’ prediction:

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the 2021 regular season.