5 Steelers who have played surprisingly well during 2020

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton (28). Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton (28). Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mike Hilton #28 and Bud Dupree #48 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

Mike Hilton

Similar to Feiler, Mike Hilton has beaten the odds and has carved out an excellent career for a former UDFA. While the Steelers already knew what they had in Hilton, it looked like his role was going to be shared more with Cameron Sutton. To his credit, Sutton seems like the far better coverage player, as Hilton has relied more on his physicality and run-stopping to win but sacrificing the occasional big play.

This season though, Hilton has been playing like a man possessed. Easily the best member of the secondary, Hilton has been almost unstoppable on the field. He leads the team with 21 tackles as well as posting two sacks and four pressures. Considering he is a CB, those kinds of numbers are impressive, to say the least. On top of this, he has played better against the pass. While he did give up a score against the Texans, he also had a critical interception late in the game, and it was one that required quite a bit of talent for him to get.

While the Steelers expected a good season from Hilton, no one was ready for him to start the season as he has. He is playing like the top slot CB in the league and maybe one of the most feared defenders on this defense. While he took a small step back last year, he has put any doubt to rest about his overall ability. He is in the conversation of top slot defender in the NFL, and he will likely earn a big contract for his efforts during the offseason.

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There was hope that the Steelers would be good this season, but it is a bit of a shock how good they have played so far. Aided by the performances of the above players, the Steelers offense and defense have guided the team to a 3-0 start. While the early bye week is a tough loss, it should in no way affect the impressive play from these five studs this year.