The Big Breakdown- Offensive Line

In honor of Camp Tomlin 2010, I will be doing a position by position breakdown of the 2010-2011 Pittsburgh Steelers.

I will address three factors: An introduction, the depth chart, and then any battles for spots going on within that position.

Today is part 2, where we will be turning to:

Offensive Line

Ah yes, the O-Line. The ever-criticized, much chastised unit. The Steelers had an interesting offseason in regards to the offensive line.

They lost maybe their best lineman, Willie Colon, while drafting a guy who some referred to as the most sure-thing in the draft. They also signed free agent Flozell Adams to take Colon’s place.

Pouncey, the Center from Florida, will most likely see time at Right Guard, where he will battle Trai Essex.

Since it is a bit difficult to build a true depth chart with this group of linemen due to all of the shifting that is going on, I will just give you what I think will be the starting offensive line for Week 1.

Depth Chart

LT- Max Starks

Starks is a big guy. He does a decent job, but nothing spectacular. There’s not much to say about O-Linemen.

LG- Chris Kemoeatu

He’s on the left……….
Kemoeatu has been around for a while now at Left Guard. However, will his party habits with rappers hinder his abilities? Kidding.
C- Justin Hartwig
Cool looking dude. Got called for holding in the Super Bowl, in the end zone. For a safety.
RG- Maurkice Pouncey
Guy was completely dominant at Florida. He played Center but will have to make a switch to Right Guard most likely to start his career. Eventually he will play Center and hopefully join Mike Webster, Dermontti Dawson and Jeff Hartings as a legendary Center in Steelers history.
RT- Flozell Adams
He has been to five Pro Bowls but was a disappointment last year for the Cowboys. Commits a bunch of pre-snap penalties but is gigantic and hopefully wants to prove something to the Cowgirls.
The backups:
Doug Legursky, Trai Essex, Adrian Jones, Kraig Urbik, Ramon Foster, Tony Hills and Jonathan Scott.
The Battle
Left Tackle, Left Guard, Center (Kind of), and Right Tackle seem set.
Right Guard is a competition between Pouncey and Essex. I believe that Pouncey will win out and then make the move to Center in coming years. Most likely, the Steelers will look at Right Guard in the Draft next season and solidify a decent offensive line going into the future.
But, for now it appears to be Pouncey vs. Essex for Right Guard.
Left Tackle, Right Guard


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