Steelers positional grades are mostly disappointing for the 2021 season

Devin Bush #55 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers center Kendrick Green (53). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers offensive line: F

There’s really no sugarcoating this: the Steelers offensive line was abysmal in 2021. While obviously not quite as important as the quarterback position (which was also bad) this was arguably the worst positional group on the team, and it really cost Pittsburgh this year.

I was not surprised that this unit — with almost zero invested capital combined — finished as poorly as they did. I opposed the Kendrick Green pick with Quinn Meinerz still on the board, and I was begging for the Steelers to take Creed Humphrey in both the first and second round this year.

Regardless, this is what we have to work with, and the results couldn’t have been much worse. This offensive line could rarely create solid running lanes on the ground to help out their first-round running back, and Roethlisberger was forced to get rid of the ball quickly when passing.

Though this unit could improve with time, I only view two players (Kevin Dotson and Dan Moore Jr.) as the potential long-term answers at their respective positions. Kendrick Green was so bad that I don’t know if the Steelers can afford to try to start him next season. This group has a long way to go, and they showed us almost nothing worth getting excited about in 2021.