Ranking the Steelers options to replace Ramon Foster

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 01: Kicker Chris Boswell
BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 01: Kicker Chris Boswell /
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Finney has been great deph for the Steelers, but may be out of their price range
CANTON, OH – AUGUST 9: Landry Jones #3 of the Pittsburgh Steelers is helped up by B.J. Finney #67 after being knocked down against the Minnesota Vikings in the second half of the NFL Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on August 9, 2015, in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Second-tier starters:

  1. B.J. Finney, Pittsburgh Steelers
  2. Robert Hunt, Louisiana
  3. Logan Stenberg, Kentucky
  4. Evan Boehm, Miami Dolphins
  5. Damien Lewis, LSU
  6. Xavier Su’a-Filo, Dallas Cowboys

I toyed with putting Finney at the top of this list, as he has been a stalwart depth option for the Steelers since being a UDFA signing out of Kansas in 2015. He loves the Steelers, and the fanbase loves him.

The issue boils down to money, unfortunately, as Finney will likely cost at least the same (if not more) than Ramon Foster does, meaning any cap savings we would get from cutting Foster would be lost to Finney.

As well, during the week nine matchup against the Rams with Ramon Foster injured, Feiler moved to guard over starting Finney, a bad sign for his long-term standing with the team. I believe the team views Finney more as a center and less of a guard, which will ultimately lead to him leaving. He should get a decent contract in free agency, and quite frankly he deserves it.

Evan Boehm is a versatile lineman that started eight games last year for the Dolphins. He is average in most categories, but he could at least add quality depth and start while a rookie develops. Xavier Su’a-Filo was a high pick in the 2014 draft that has started an unremarkable 53 games in his career. Like Boehm, he would be best served to start only until a rookie is ready.

Robert Hunt and Logan Stenberg are big maulers who look like typical Steelers guards. Both can and should be targeted in the third or early fourth round. Stenberg especially has great tape. His athleticism is a question, but he plays like a bully on the line.

Damien Lewis is undersized but yet another LSU option to fill out the interior of the offensive line. He will need a year in an NFL training program before he could start though. That said, he flashed quite a bit at LSU and is an intriguing project at OG.