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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3. CB Levi Wallace

Last year was about as good as you could ask for a player like Levi Wallace. The veteran cornerback earned 4 interceptions and defender 13 passes (both of which were career highs), but even with his ball production, Wallace was very underwhelming. It's not hard to figure out why.

In today's NFL, it's so hard to excel as a boundary cornerback without good athleticism. Coming into the NFL Draft in 2018, Wallace clocked just a 4.63 40-yard dash -- making him one of the slowest starting players in the league at his position. This lack of speed is very noticeable at times, as he just doesn't have the makeup speed to stick with faster receivers.

Fans praised Wallace for his ball skills in 2022, but what they fail to remember is that he surrendered a whopping 15.9 yards per completion and a cringeworthy 8.4 yards per target, according to Pro Football Reference -- both of which were career lows and some of the worst marks on the team.

As such, Wallace graded out as the 68th-best cornerback in the NFL last season. Despite a promising rookie year with the Bills back in 2018, we haven't seen enough from Wallace over the past four seasons to suggest that he deserves to be a starting NFL cornerback. When he's not taking the ball away, he's typically a liability on coverage, and most fans don't seem to realize that.