5 most overrated Steelers heading into the 2021 NFL season

Tight end Eric Ebron #85 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)
Tight end Eric Ebron #85 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images) /
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Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Eric Ebron (85) (Photo Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Pittsburgh Steelers draw a lot of attention from the media, but here are five players who are being overrated heading into 2021. 

There are many Steelers who don’t get the attention they deserve. No matter how well they seem to play game in and game out, they continue to fly under the NFL radar. However, other players garner unwarranted attention despite some average-at-best performances.

While this doesn’t mean that these players are bad, they have a tendency to be overrated based on reputation. I thoroughly believe this was the case with Maurkice Pouncey over the past two seasons. Despite his poor performance, he was voted to the Pro Bowl in both 2019 and 2020 because of his established reputation. Here are five Steelers who are probably a bit overrated headed into the 2021 season:

TE Eric Ebron

There are a large number of fans who understand that Eric Ebron was far from efficient for Pittsburgh in 2020. Unfortunately, many still believe that this is the same Pro Bowl tight end we saw with the Colts in 2018.

In that season with Andrew Luck, Ebron earned 750 receiving yards and an impressive 13 touchdowns. Though he has always struggled as a blocker and when it comes to consistently catching the ball, this is the type of season that Steelers fans were hoping for.

Instead, Ebron was terribly inefficient when targeted in 2020. The veteran tight end was 31st in yards per target and 33rd in catch rate among NFL tight ends last year. Additionally, Ebron graded out as the 60th-best tight end in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. At some point, we need to come to realize that the former 10th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft is never going to live up to his billing. It’s hard to make the case for him being an average NFL tight end at this point.