With 70 players revealed of the NFL Network's Top 100 players going into 2015, only one Steeler has been included. That one Steeler is all-pro center Maurkice Pouncey.
As the top 30 players are set to be revealed, the three Steelers that are definitely in this list somewhere are Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger. All three had amazing seasons in 2014, accomplishing feats that either had never been done before in the NFL, such as Antonio Brown's still active streak of 21 games with five catches for 50 yards or more and Roethlisberger's back-to-back six touchdown games, or only achieved by NFL legends such as Walter Payton (three straight games of 200 yards from scrimmage).
It would have been perfectly reasonable to expect all three of these players to be ranked in the top 20 in the league, but it has been confirmed that one of them will appear in the upcoming group of the 21-30 rankings.
A #Steelers player will be revealed during @nflnetwork's #Top100 Players of 2015 tomorrow (9 ET). Who will it be? pic.twitter.com/3CcQfMOkPb— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 23, 2015
So now the question is, who will it be?
Ben Roethlisberger was ranked at 31 last season after being ranked at 61 going into the 2013 season.
Antonio Brown went from being unranked in 2013 to being ranked at 23 going into the 2014 season.
Le'Veon Bell was not ranked after his rookie season in the NFL.
Reasonably one could expect it to be either Roethlisberger or Bell that gets revealed tonight. Antonio Brown was ranked higher than this stage last season and he had an even better 2014 season than he did a 2013 season. He could even be the first Steeler to break the top ten of the list since Troy Polamalu made it back in 2011 as the 6th ranked player. His numbers have earned him a lot more respect among the league as he showed that his elite 2013 season was not a fluke and that he is indeed one of the best in the game.
Roethlisberger however seems to always find himself lower on the list than what Steelers' fans would expect. When the list became a show on NFL Network in 2011, he was coming off a Super Bowl loss and was placed at 41st; but since then he's been placed as low as 61 and rose to his highest ranking at 31 last season. So what could be in store for him after leading the NFL passing yardage?
Le'Veon Bell was not ranked on the last list but earned a spot in the higher portion with his play this year. He gained over 2000 yards from scrimmage, at one point gaining 200 yards or more in three straight games, all while never fumbling the ball once. His season was comparable to the likes of the great Walter Payton, and he has earned praise from legendary players, opponents, teammates and his coaches.
Much talk has been made about this offensive three-headed-monster being the best trio in the NFL, but who will get ranked the lowest of these players?
My prediction is Roethlisberger, a player that often gets underrated both on this list and in the media. Ben's leading passing yardage was special, but he wasn't top five in touchdowns and that may be what comes back to bite him. Meanwhile, Antonio Brown was the undisputed best receiver in the NFL in 2014 and Le'Veon Bell was second in rushing while having historic performances for weeks.
The spot will undoubtedly come down to being between Bell and Roethlisberger, both whom are elite players in the NFL right now. Bell's versatility however will probably give him the nod to put him higher on the list than Roethlisberger. Whether it should or not is another story, but based on how Roethlisberger has been portrayed on NFL Network before on these lists and in other talk shows.