Steelers Disrespected in NFL.com Post-Draft Power Rankings
By Larry Rupp
The 2022 NFL Draft is now in the rear view mirror and that means rosters are starting to fill out prior to training camp starting in July. The Pittsburgh Steelers addressed a couple of crucial holes with their draft selections, yet are still being disrespected by their spot in NFL.com's power rankings.
Pittsburgh Steelers Power Rankings
The Steelers check in at No. 21, which ranks dead last in the AFC north division. The Cleveland Browns (No. 14), Baltimore Ravens (No. 11) and Cincinnati Bengals (No. 4) are all well ahead of Pittsburgh. That is surprising given Mike Tomlin's team hasn't posted a record under .500 since 2003.
Not only are the Steelers used to playing winning football, but they also possess one of the scariest defenses in the NFL. Reigning Defensive Player of the Year T.J. Watt leads a unit that finished with the most sacks in the league (55.0) and posted the eighth-best pass defense DVOA rating last season.
The loss of longtime starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is certainly going to sting a little bit. However, Mitchell Trubisky and rookie Kenny Pickett are surrounded by offensive weapons. Keep in mind running back Najee Harris posted 1,667 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns in 2021.
Pittsburgh also used the draft as a way to build depth at shallow positions with picks like Georgia wide receiver George Pickens and Texas A&M defensive tackle DeMarvin Leal. When it comes down to it, there's no reason to believe the Steelers will not be able to stay in the race for a playoff spot.
For now, Pittsburgh has odds set at +8000 to win Super Bowl 57, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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