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Predicting the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 53-Man Roster for 2013

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Predicting the Pittsburgh Steelers 53-Man Roster in 2013

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Pittsburg Steelers' fans shouldn’t worry about losing Mike Wallace. The Steelers had one of the most impressive drafts of all the NFL teams, and the free agent made one of the biggest splashes by signing with the Miami Dolphins in the offseason. While he was an impressive deep threat, the Steelers have always shown the ability to get their players to fit into their system. Third round pick Markus Wheaton out of Oregon State could quickly become the next Wallace for the Steelers.

Jarvis Jones was the Steelers' first round pick at 17th overall. His addition should help to cover up the loss of James Harrison. There was talk about Jones going as high as fifth overall early on, but health concerns allowed him to fall down to the Steelers. He fits in perfectly with the Steelers' 3-4 defense as an outside linebacker and will force opponents to game plan on how to stop his pass rush.

The Steelers also added Le’Veon Bell out of Michigan State. Bell is a powerful back, similar to Jerome Bettis and Isaac Redman. He should be a great between-the-tackles back and will get a chance to play immediately.

Aside from Wallace, the Steelers didn’t lose much. They added physical safety Shamarko Thomas to learn beneath the aging Troy Polamalu, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Thomas starts to see the majority of the playing time by the end of the season. Thomas could have easily gone higher and has the potential to be the best defensive back of the 2013 draft class.

Here are my predictions for the Steelers 53-man roster.

David Fouty is a writer for Follow him on Twitter @davefouty

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Ben Roethlisberger, Landry Jones and Bruce Gradkowski

The Steelers added Landry Jones in the draft whose style is very reminiscent of Roethlisberger's. Despite the fact his draft stock fell, he still has all the tools to be a top quarterback at the highest level. Learning under Big Ben will only help him.

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Running Backs

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Le'Veon Bell, Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman, David Johnson and Will Johnson

Bell won't be a feature back for the Steelers, but he could turn into a real bruiser in time. They now have multiple solid options at the position, and they will likely all see playing time this season.

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Wide Receivers and Tight Ends

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WR: Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Markus Wheaton, Jerircho Cotchery, Plaxico Burress and Justin Brown

TE: Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth and David Paulson

Despite losing Mike Wallace in the offseason, the Steelers should be able to threaten down the field thanks to the addition of Markus Wheaton. Heath Miller was also a key to the Steelers passing attack which could be difficult to replicate.

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Offensive Linemen

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Mike Adams, Ramon Foster, Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Marcus Gilbert, Joe Long, Willie Colon, Joe Madsen, Mike Golic and Kelvin Beachum

The Steelers offensive line didn't have the type of season they are accustomed to having. Another year together should help them play better as a unit.

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Defensive Linemen

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Ziggy Hood, Brett Keisel, Steve McClendon, Al Woods, Alameda Ta'amu and Cameron Heyward

Keisel has become one of the most feared defensive ends in the game. He's an exceptional leader and is one of the more well-rounded 3-4 ends around.

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Jarvis Jones, LaMarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons, Larry Foote, Jason Worilds, Adrian Robinson, Steven Sylvester and Vince Williams

The Steelers have always prided themselves on the play of their linebackers. They have one of the most solid groups in the game, and they got even better by selecting Jarvis Jones in the first round.

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Defensive Backs

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Ryan Clark, Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor, Cortez Allen, Shamarko Thomas, William Gay, Curtis Brown, Terry Hawthorne and Robert Golden

Ryan Clark is quickly establishing himself as one of the best safeties in the game. Shamarko Thomas will thrive learning under two of the leagues top secondary members in Clark and Polamalu, and he could see playing time early in the season.

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Special Teams

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K: Shaun Suisham

P: Brian Moorman

LS: Greg Warren

KR: Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown

Heinz Field has always been considered one of the toughest places to kick, but Suisham was solid for the Steelers last season, missing only two kicks there last year.