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PFF and CBS Sports have different views on where the Steelers rank when it comes to roster talent


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Pro Football Focus released an article on Thursday that ranked every team's roster, which included strengths, weaknesses and X factors for every club's starting lineup.


The Steelers' roster was ranked 16th overall and their biggest strength was their pass-rush and their biggest weakness was their offensive line, along with Cam Sutton being the X Factor in 2021.


CBS Sports also posted their rankings for all 32 NFL rosters this past week and they were more fond of the Steelers' roster, having them ranked in the top 10 at ninth.


"Even after the Steelers started last year 11-0, their late season flameout and questions about Ben Roethlisberger moving forward have many bearish on them in 2021,"Jordan Dajani of CBS Sports wrote. "I agree that they could take a step backwards, but this roster on paper still has the talent to contend. JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool and Diontae Johnson are great weapons, Najee Harris was the top running back in this incoming class and even Pat Freiermuth could surprise some people in his first season. The offensive line is a bit worrisome, but Trai Turner is a good signing. This defense should again be one of the best in the league. Losing Bud Dupree wasn't ideal but Alex Highsmith seems like a player ready to step up in his absence. Working off of TJ Watt and Devin Bush Jr. should help as well. One outside cornerback spot will be up for grabs in training camp, but Joe Haden, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Terrell Edmunds make up a pretty good secondary."


Both outlets are surprisingly really high on the Browns, as they both have Cleveland ranked at No. 3, behind just the Chiefs and Buccaneers, who are ranked at No. 1. While the Browns do have a talented roster and should be the favorites to win the AFC North this year, it will be interesting to see how they handle all their success from 2020 and whether they'll build off it or regress, which Cleveland obviously has a track record of doing with the latter.





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