I cannot recall a time when the Pittsburgh Steelers had so much talent on their roster during an offseason.
Perhaps the only time I can remember was in 2008, but that was primarily their defense, which eventually became one of the greatest units in NFL history.
Seriously, even with the players that were released today, I reckon that both of them can find a place on another team's roster, even if it's on their practice squad.
Even though many do not consider the preseason to be real football, it still serves as a good measuring stick as to how a team's depth of talent compares to others. Based on what I have seen in the Steelers two preseason games, their depth of talent sets them apart from every team in the NFL.
Where do I begin. At receiver, the team possesses a wealth of talent of various sizes and skillsets. Calvin Austin III, for instance, is barely 5'8, but his game-breaking speed makes him dangerous. On the other side of the spectrum, you have 6'3 receiver George Pickens, who is as talented a receiver as the league has seen in the last decade. As he showed during training camp, even if you have him covered, he will always find a way to pull off a seemingly impossible catch.
On the other side is the defensive line. Cam Heyward and TJ Watt aside, they are a beautiful blend of power and finesse. Larry Ogunjobi, who can rush the passer and stop the run. Rookie Keeanu Benton, whose natural strength and pass-rushing abilities make him dangerous. Both DeMarvin Leal and Isaiahh Loudermilk have been impressive this offseason with their versatility. Then you have rookie Nick Herbig, who has shown in these last two games the type of potential All-Pro potential Watt showed in his rookie season.
You notice how I did not even mention Kenny Pickett or the running backs, tight ends, or off-ball linebackers. The reason why is because there is too much depth to mention. Simply put, GM Omar Khan has created a monster—the type of monster that could scare the NFL.
Frankly, I like the fact they have been slept on because teams are not going to know what hit them.