For better or worse: Steelers offensive positional units after the draft

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With the 2021 NFL draft in the rearview mirror, it is time to break down the Steelers positional units a bit more. Success in the NFL is all about growth and improvement. Which ones are better than last season and which ones are not? Let’s start with the offense.

Quarterbacks

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Ben Roethlisberger is back, Mason Rudolph has another year of growth and Dwayne Haskins is a former first-round pick. This group is better than the one that finished last season.

Running backs

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Replacing James Conner with Najee Harris was definitely an upgrade. Anthony McFarland is a year older and his old college coach is now the Steelers offensive coordinator. This group is still not great but definitely better.

Wide receivers

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The Steelers wide receiver depth chart stayed essentially the same this season thanks to the return of JuJu Smith-Schuster. I tend to lean toward this group actually being better now because there is no way Diontae Johnson will have a season as bad as he did in 2020.

Tight ends

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This unit is all about the swap of Vance McDonald who retired and his replacement Pat Freiermuth. If you believe Freiermuth is an upgrade, this group is better. Personally, I don't see this unit this season as better just based on how things stand now. Freiermuth is still just a rookie and isn't the accomplished physical blocker McDonald was.

Offensive line

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No unit on the roster is having more of a makeover than the offensive line. The Steelers will have a minimum of three new starters and as of right now there's no way I can say this group is better right now.

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