2020 NFL Power Rankings: Pittsburgh Steelers
Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.
Here is where the Pittsburgh Steelers rank in terms of average, best and worst:
- Average ranking: 12.6 (14th)
- Best ranking: 9th (USA Today)
- Worst ranking: 15th (CBS Sports)
Below you will find a post-NFL Draft roundup for the Steelers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.
The Athletic -- Rank: 14
In case we needed something to get us through these super slow times, here comes James Harrison and a story about an envelope of cash. Is it true? It is embellished? What does Mike Tomlin have to say? Why did Tomlin shave his head? There are so many unanswered questions, but now we all have something to talk about that isn't Ben Roethlisberger's elbow.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 15
With Ben Roethlisberger back, they will be a factor in the AFC North again. The defense should be good again.
USA Today -- Rank: 9
Their draft, which brought S Minkah Fitzpatrick last season, added several players who could immediately take snaps from prominent vets.
ESPN -- Rank: 14
Players who benefited: QBs Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph. The quarterbacks came away from the draft with new playmakers and more job security. Roethlisberger got Martavis Bryant 2.0 with WR Chase Claypool, and the team didn't draft a quarterback, further solidifying Rudolph's job as the backup and potential heir apparent whenever Roethlisberger retires. Rudolph had a rocky 2019 season, but the team believes in developing him with the help of new QB coach Matt Canada. All of the moves signal that they believe Roethlisberger will be at full strength whenever the season starts, and they want to make his job as easy as possible. -- Brooke Pryor
NFL.com -- Rank: 11
Star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick cost the Steelers their first-round pick on Thursday night, but we already know that was draft capital well spent. With their first pick in the draft (49th overall), Pittsburgh landed huge Notre Dame wide receiver Chase Claypool, a big-play athlete who nicely complements JuJu Smith-Schuster. Fun fact: Ben Roethlisberger now has three top receiving targets standing at least 6-foot-4 -- Claypool and tight ends Eric Ebron and Vance McDonald. There's been a lot of speculation -- much of it fueled by the Steelers themselves -- about unearthing competition (or a replacement) for James Conner in the backfield, but GM Kevin Colbert waited until Day 3 before pulling the trigger on Maryland running back Anthony McFarland Jr. in the fourth round. McFarland scans as more of a speed complement than a lead dog -- obviously good news for Conner in an important season.
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