5 most overrated players on the Steelers 2023 roster

  • A pair of wildly inefficient skill players can do no wrong
  • Three underwhelming defenders are getting overhyped
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4. DL Larry Ogunjobi

Over the years, Larry Ogunjobi has developed a reputation as a solid starting defensive lineman. His name is particularly well known among fans of teams in the AFC North as he has spent his entire career either on the Browns, Bengals, or Steelers.

Ogunjobi has had some quality production in the past. Statistical, his best season came with Cincinnati in 2021 when he recorded 49 tackles, 7.0 sacks, and 12 tackles for a loss in 16 games. But despite his flashes, the overall sample of play has never been overly consistent from game to game or year to year.

In fact, for the fifth straight year, Ogunjobi has graded out poorly, according to Pro Football Focus. Since 2018, he hasn't earned a grade over 61.7 overall, and he has ranked between the 63rd and 104th-best interior defenders during this time.

Ogunjobi isn't known for his run defense, but his 57.5 pass-rush grade in 2022 was even worse --ranking 75th among 92 qualifying defensive players last year. The tape would suggest the same, and I worry that the Pittsburgh Steelers overpaid him during the 2023 free-agency period. Ogunjobi's reputation exceeds the player that he actually is on the field, and at 29 years old, there's been nothing to suggest that will suddenly change.