Pittsburgh Steelers Bolster Offensive Line With Guy Whimper

Guy Whimper

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Prior to the 2013 NFL Draft, there was significant debate among draft pundits and Pittsburgh Steelers fans about the need to add more offensive line help via the draft. Many felt like the Steelers needed to upgrade their offensive line badly enough that they should have used their first round draft pick on one. I said at the time that the Steelers offensive line was already young, so adding more youth would be counter productive. I surmised that the Steelers would wait until after the draft to add a cheap veteran presence, preferably at tackle allowing some of the other swing type players to vie for starting spots.

And today that’s exactly what they did when they signed free agent offensive tackle Guy Whimper. Whimper is a former fourth round draft pick back in 2006 and up until 2011 was merely a rotational player at both tackle spots. But in 2011 and 2012 while with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Whimper did pull in a few starts. However, he never played particularly well, ranking near the bottom for starting tackles in the league.

For me, this is a non-factor. Whimper might provide some mediocre depth at the tackle position, but the more I looked into his career, the more he appears to be a camp body that could even struggle to make the final roster. The Steelers will likely platoon in more veteran offensive linemen during this offseason in hopes of finding one or two that will stick and provide some nice depth on the offensive line, but nothing in his play to this point leads me to believe Whimper will be that type of player.

Curt covers the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NFL draft, and college football for Rant Sports. Connect with Curt on Twitter @nfldraftboard.


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