4 biggest strengths on the Steelers roster

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1. Edge defender

Back in March, there's no way I could have claimed that edge defender was the strongest position on the Pittsburgh Steelers roster. While it's hard to do much better than T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith as a starter pairing at outside linebacker, the depth at the position was abysmal.

Behind their starters, the Steelers had just Quincy Roche backing up the position prior to the NFL draft. Now, the depth has completely flipped around.

In the fourth round of the draft, Pittsburgh landed Wisconsin standout, Nick Herbig. This was deemed as an excellent value pick, despite questions about his ability to hold up on the edge at his size. This wasn't enough though, and Omar Khan knew it. The Steelers GM also went out and signed veteran pass rusher, Markus Golden.

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Golden isn't the same productive player that we saw in the past at this point in his career, but the former Arizona Cardinal will be a huge step up from Malik Reed at the position (who wasn't good for the Steelers in 2022). Now Pittsburgh not only has one of the best edge defender pairings in the NFL, but they also have respectable depth in Golden and Herbig. This is what this position has been missing.