The Steelers are always on the cusp of greatness. The past few years they've been good and potentially great but always a bridesmaid and never a bride. Maybe, Kevin Colbert is the reason why.
Pro Football Focus released their draft class rankings of the past 5 years and lo and behold, the Steelers are an abysmal 30th. The only teams worse are San Francisco and Denver.
"No surprise here – Le’Veon Bell is the top Steeler on the list, with guard David DeCastro the only other Pittsburgh player to crack the individual top 100. Bell forced 68 total missed tackles rushing and receiving last season, posting an incredible 1690 total yards after contact. DeCastro has not surrendered more than three sacks or five QB hits in any of his five years in the NFL."
The #1 team? The Dallas effin Cowboys. Gross.
The Methodolgy: The rankings were inspired by his “Wins Above Replacement” (WAR) model, which compares the expected wins for a player’s team with or without his contributions. The expected wins for each team are computed using weights for our different grade components (passing, rushing, receiving, etc.) that reflect how predictive each component is with respect to winning football games. Since the passing game is the most predictive of team success, the players with the largest WAR are quarterbacks, receivers, defensive backs, linebackers with substantial coverage responsibilities and elite pass-rushers.
Source: Pro Football Focus · Photo Credit: Keystone Press Agency