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Breaking Down the Offensive Line for the 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Roster

June 25th, 2014 at 9:52 PM
By Mark Mihalko

The breakdown of the potential 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers offense is nearly complete. With the skill positions wrapped up, all that remains is potentially the most important part of he unit, the offensive line. This season, the line will be undergoing some schematic changes, including the move toward a more zone-based scheme, which should actually fit their athletic make-up better than a man-based scheme. How they adapt in camp will be a huge sign at the overall success of the offense.

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There have not been many changes this offseason, with the return of Maurkice Pouncey to the fold after missing the majority of 2013 with a torn ACL. In fact, other than the addition of offensive tackle Wesley Johnson (Vanderbilt) in the draft, everything will be status quo.

Of course, the major question is who will man the left tackle position with Kelvin Beachum opening camp in that role. In 2013, Mike Adams failed miserably early on, and Beachum became a settling force up-front once he entered the starting line-up.

The biggest battle in camp should come from Mike Adams and Marcus Gilbert at the right tackle position. Both Adams and Gilbert had somewhat disappointing seasons in 2013 and must improve to be part of the long-term solution for the franchise

Veteran Ramon Foster and 2012 first round selection, David DeCastro, who was solid in his first year as a starter, will man the guard positions. Foster, also had a good year with it being his first on the left side of the offense.

Whimper was brought in to be a veteran presence at the tackle position, and will slide into guard or tackle if an injury should arise. Cody Wallace, who flashed some potential late in 2013 returns and should be the first interior lineman off the bench moving forward.

The final lineman to make the roster should be Johnson. A four-year starter at Vanderbilt, Johnson is a smart, versatile, and fluid offensive lineman that understands the game and plays with intelligence. In college, he saw a total of 51 starts outside at tackle, although he profiles inside as a guard / center combination in the NFL. At 6-5, 297-pounds, he lacked the bulk teams prefer, but his athleticism and movement abilities will give him a chance to be a swingman in the league.

In the end, the Steelers should keep nine offensive linemen in 2013.   

Name

Position

Height

Weight

Age

College

Adams, Mike

OT

6-7

323

24

Ohio State

Beachum, Kelvin

OG

6-3

303

25

SMU

DeCastro, David

OG

6-5

316

24

Stanford

Foster, Ramon

OG

6-6

325

28

Tennessee

Gilbert, Marcus

OT

6-6

330

26

Florida

Johnson, Wesley

OT

6-5

297

23

Vanderbilt

Pouncey, Maurkice

C

6-4

304

24

Florida

Wallace, Cody

OG

6-4

300

29

Texas A&M

Whimper, Guy

OT

6-5

315

31

East Carolina

Over the next few weeks, Steelers101 will break down every position, highlight training camp battles and eventually have the complete 53-man roster as we see it today.

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