Roster breakdown: Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 offensive line

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva (78). Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Alejandro Villanueva (78). Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /
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Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Chukwuma Okorafor (76) and offensive guard David DeCastro (66) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

The right side of the line will remain mostly unchanged

David Decastro is a former All-Pro who didn’t see a lot of drop off. He was still one of the best linemen on our team and one of the better guards in the league. Chukwuma Okorafor is the backup right tackle yet is set to compete to start in 2021. Zach Banner will be cheap and as a result, resigned. I don’t see an issue with keeping all 3 players involved on the right side of the line. Banner is an upgrade in run-blocking while being at the same level in pass blocking as Chuks.

Chuks will more than likely go back to swing tackle unless the Steelers plan to surprise me and they consider starting both Banner and Chuks as bookends on the line next season. If they don’t take a left tackle early, that is the indicator that one of those two will be the new left tackle. There are already rumors saying the Steelers aren’t planning on bringing back Villanueva so unless the Steelers plan to resign Feiler for a tackle position or draft a left tackle, both Banner and Okorafor will start in 2021.

David Decastro and Kevin Dotson are the two players on this line that are all but guaranteed a starting spot in 2021. they performed by far the best and Dotson is showing all the potential in the world in pass protection, which was considered a very weak area for him coming into the league.

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There are going to be a few changes to this line come 2021. The Steelers prefer continuity and building through the draft. With minimal cap space signing big-ticket free agents is out of the question so that was left out of this breakdown. Any new faces you see playing on Sunday will likely be rookies or veteran backups that were cheap and are filling out for injured players. Don’t be too shocked if you see Feiler and Banner brought back along with a draftee to fill out the starting line up in 2021.