3 most underrated and 2 most overrated Steelers in 2020

Alex Highsmith #56 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey (53) Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

Maurkice Pouncey was an All-Pro, but he is nowhere near the level he was in 2014.

It pains me to say this, as I have loved Pouncey since he was drafted by the Steelers, but he is nowhere near as good as he once was. He had a horrible 2019 campaign, and while he has bounced back some in 2020, he has not been able to do much of anything as a run-blocker. He is currently the 29th graded Center by PFF overall. Yet, he is the 32nd ranked run-blocker at the Center position. There are only 37 graded centers by PFF and that is what is concerning. He is possibly the worst run blocker at his position in the NFL.

His time is starting to come to an end for Pittsburgh, and as the season wears on it is becoming more and more obvious. It is sad to say that, as he is possibly the 3 greatest center the Steelers have ever fielded. It seems as though when people talk about Pouncey now, they have former All-pro goggles. It is hard to accept how far he has fallen, and it is easy to go into denial about it.

I don’t picture Pouncey staying with the Steelers beyond 2021 because of this. He is still beloved, and he probably will be until he retires even as his play continues to worsen. What makes him the most overrated is that we have, for the most part, failed to identify that he is the leader of the weakest position group the Steelers have on their roster at this point. The offensive line is probably the worst unit on the team, and the once-great center is as big of a problem with the offensive line as they have.