Re-grading the Colbert’s 2019 Steelers offseason moves

Devin Bush #55 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Devin Bush #55 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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Johnson was a stud for the Steelers
PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 01: Diontae Johnson #18 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts as he runs onto the field during introductions before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field on December 1, 2019, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

The Draft:

Honestly, the Steelers had a fantastic draft class. Leading off with Devin Bush, the rookie had moments of stardom in his first year. As he transitions into more of a complete player, he has the makings of a top player at the position. His athletic build and nose for the ball are what led to his good rookie year. As his knowledge grows and the game slows down, it’ll be exciting to see if he can take it to the next level.

The pick after him was just as good, as Diontae Johnson showed flashes of legit starter potential. He showed a lot of elusiveness and ability as he helped replace Donte Moncrief after he was released. It isn’t a stretch to think he will top 1000 receiving yards catching passes from Ben Roethlisberger.

After that, the Steelers got key depth in the form of Isaiah Buggs and Benny Snell. Snell looked like a back with some power, and assuming he slims down a little could potentially fight for the starting RB on the team. While Buggs won’t start anytime soon, he showed good technique and will likely retain his depth role this year.

There are still some unknowns in Justin Layne, Ulysees Gilbert III, Zach Gentry, and Derwin Gray. Layne saw some snaps late in the year as a gunner on special teams, and while his road to starting is still long, he was raw coming out, so the extra development will be a good thing. Gilbert was a star in the preseason and played well on special teams before getting injured. He is currently slotted to be the top backup at ILB. Gentry saw little playing time as the #3 TE, and while his role will likely remain there, he has some long-term potential as a #2. Gray spent the year on the practice squad after converting to OG and considering the loss at the position could contend to make the roster as depth.

All things considered; this draft class was stellar. Two starters, two top depth options, and a handful of guys who are still unknown are good for a draft class entering its second year. The only “bust” was 6th rounder Sutton Smith who never really found a role on the team and was cut after the preseason. All in all, the Steelers should expect big things out of this group.

Grade: A-