Steelers training camp: Early winners and losers before the pads come on

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The pads haven't even come on yet, but already there have been some important things to note from Steelers training camp over their first four practices. Since nearly 90 players took the field after their arrival at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, some have stood out in a positive light, while others have been embarrassed on more than one occasion.

These aren't just rookies or undrafted players we are talking about either. Several starters are off to a rough start this year, but it's encouraging to note the positive performances we have seen. Over the next several weeks, this list is sure to change as new names will be added. Players still have plenty of time to improve, but for now, here are the biggest winners and losers early at Steelers training camp.

Winner: Nick Herbig

It's nearly impossible to comprise a winners list early at Steelers training camp and exclude Nick Herbig from the discussion. Despite being a fourth-round pick, Herbig has raised more eyebrows than any player at camp so far.

Lining up primarily as the left edge defender, the former Wisconsin star has routinely dusted players like Chukwuma Okorafor, Le'Raven Clark, and Dan Moore. While Pittsburgh's offensive tackles are nothing to write home about at this point, this is an excellent sign for Herbig.

At 6'2 1/8'' and 240 pounds with just 31' 1/4'' arms, many believed that Herbig would need to transition to a full-time off-ball linebacker in the NFL in order to find success. Though this still may prove to be the case, Herbig has looked outstanding so far with remarkable quickness off the snap and the ability to dip and bend the edge. It's early, but he's looking like a player who could be part of the EDGE rotation as a situational pass-rusher from Day 1.