The Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster is good. In fact, it could be downright amazing if everyone stays healthy. How good? In a recent ESPN article, they did their own Top-100 best players in the NFL and plenty of Steelers players were represented on the list.
Take a look at the overall rankings, what was said about each player and their individual ranking.
5. Antonio Brown
“Brown's consistency is his hallmark: He's had four consecutive 100-catch seasons (a fifth would be an NFL record), scoring 54 TDs in that span. Brown's 2017 training camp was so good that coach Mike Tomlin was jokingly unimpressed by a one-handed catch: "Show me some new [stuff]," Tomlin said. "Catch it with no hands.” - Jeremy Fowler
8. Le’Veon Bell
“No NFL player in history has averaged more scrimmage yards per game through four seasons than Bell's 128.7. And his 157 yards per game last year ranks third all-time for a running back in a season. Bell can function as both a No. 2 receiver (6.3 catches per game in 2016) and a bell-cow back (1,172 rushing yards on 220 carries over his final eight games last season).” - Jeremy Fowler
39. Ben Roethlisberger
“Over the past two seasons, Rethlisberger has averaged nearly 300 yards passing per game and has cut his sack total in half to just 37. He's still capable of the Big Ben improv plays but relies more on dropping back and making the right reads. "As good a thrower as I've ever seen," said offensive coordinator Todd Haley, citing strength, touch and feel. With the weapons around him, Roethlisberger has an outside chance at his first 5,000-yard season.” - Jeremy Fowler
58. Ryan Shazier
“Shazier has battled injuries through his first three seasons, but when he's available he's a proven playmaker. Shazier was the only NFL player with at least three interceptions, three forced fumbles and three sacks in the 2016 regular season, despite missing three games. Defensive coordinator Keith Butler has made it his mission for Shazier to become All-Pro. "I feel like I have the capability of being one of the best players in the NFL," Shazier said.” - Jeremy Fowler
72. Maurkice Pouncey
“Pouncey is valued in the Steelers' locker room far beyond his blocking. He's the team's emotional leader, a voice that gets everyone's attention. He's a close friend of Ben Roethlisberger's, who calls Pouncey the game's best center. And he plays with a serious edge on the field. The Steelers like to use Pouncey's athleticism to block downfield, contributing to Le'Veon Bell's big gains on his way to 1,884 total yards in 12 games last year.” — Jeremy Fowler
73. David DeCastro
“DeCastro, an All-Pro in 2015, might be the most versatile of the Steelers' linemen. Offensive line coach Mike Munchak uses DeCastro as a pulling guard, the lead blocker up the middle and as an effective slide protector. He wins with physicality and technique. Munchak has said DeCastro's ability keeps the game "very simple." The Steelers' right side behind DeCastro and tackle Marcus Gilbert has become one of the best in the game.” - Jeremy Fowler