A way too early Steelers 2020 53-man roster projection

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 18: Defensive lineman Daniel McCullers #93 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on from the sideline during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Heinz Field on September 18, 2016, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Bengals 24-16. (Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images) /

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Cam Heyward, Stephen Tuitt, Daniel McCullers, Tyson Alualu, Chris Wormley, Isaiah Buggs

Assuming the Steelers keep six here (like they typically do), then this group is likely set unless an outside free agent is added at the NT position. While DE is incredibly deep and full of talent, the NT position leaves a lot to be desired. With Daniel McCullers being the only veteran option, he has the inside track to be the starter there.

While this is a scary prospect, the team doesn’t have a lot of options. The position itself typically sees almost 300 snaps in a season, meaning the Steelers will have to rely on McCullers taking that next step. That said, some of the DE options may shift over to NT and play out of position. This is a huge area of need going into training camp.