Offensive grades for Steelers and their rivals entering 2022 draft
By Austin Lloyd
Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Grade: C
This grade is quite the change of pace when compared to the previous ones listed, but that doesn’t make it any less true.
Regardless of what some delusional fans might try to say, the Pittsburgh Steelers are in serious trouble offensively. Such a statement applies to the quarterback situation, the recent loss of wide receiver depth, and the ongoing O-line concerns.
When it comes to QB troubles, the Steelers haven’t been in great shape for a little while now. But following Josh Dobbs’s move to Cleveland and Dwayne Haskins‘s untimely passing, the quarterback room now consists only of the mediocre Mason Rudolph and questionable Mitchell Trubisky.
Josh Dobbs isn’t the only one who has moved on from the black and gold, though. Wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Ray-Ray McCloud have all signed with other teams, leaving next-to-nothing beyond Chase Claypool–who was heavily underused towards the end of last season–and Diontae Johnson–who has a concerning tendency to miss open catches.
Last but certainly not least we have the offensive line, which has been an absolute nightmare to its own backfield in recent memory. By now, the Steelers cannot afford some blockbuster offseason moves to build up the OL, so any young talents will just have to bust their humps to grow into their positions.
Beyond that, Pittsburgh needs more reliability within its receiving corps (obtainable through the draft process) and a clear choice for QB–preferably one that the bulk of the fanbase can trust–to help the team truly rise.
Now there are some positives to the Steelers offense, such as promising running back and tight end units led by Najee Harris and Pat Freiermuth. However, that is nowhere near enough to prevent Pittsburgh from being the worst offensive squad in the AFC North today.