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Updating Steelers depth charts from Day 2 selections of the 2024 NFL Draft

There were a lot of questions as to how the Pittsburgh Steelers 2024 draft would play out over the three days. Would they move up to grab a player they wanted? Would they trade back rather than settle for what they needed most with who was remaining? Instead, the Steelers held pat for all seven of their selections and added to all three positions on the offensive line, the defensive line, linebacker, and defensive back.

Now that the selections have been made, it’s time to check out the Steelers depth chart at each position. The depth chart for offensive tackles has already been covered from Day 1 and can be seen HERE. To split things up better, Day 2 and Day 3 will be done separately to cover three each day.

Note: The depth charts for players added as undrafted free agents (UDFAs) will not be included, but if a UDFA was part of a position group of a drafted player they will be included.

After drafting Zach Frazier on Day 2 of the 2024 NFL draft, the Steelers currently have two pure centers on the roster. The current projected depth chart at center for the Steelers is as follows:


  • Zach Frazier
  • Ryan McCullum

I know the list looks short, but the Steelers only have two players listed purely at center on their 2024 roster according to Between Zach Frazier and Ryan McCollum, Frazier gets the advantage as a second-round draft pick even though McCollum has started a game in the NFL. But spending the last two years on the Steelers practice squad, Frazier is much more in line for playing time.

What should be noted is there are several players on the Steelers roster who are listed as either “offensive lineman” or even guard who are likely to help with the depth at center. Selected in the seventh round of the 2023 NFL draft, Spencer Anderson is listed simply as an offensive lineman and provides depth at nearly every position along the line. For this reason, Anderson is definitely a player who could land on the depth chart at center. Additionally, James Daniels is also listed as an offensive lineman by the Steelers and started eight games at center in 2019 with the Chicago Bears. Although listed as a guard by the Steelers, Nate Herbig provided depth along all the interior offensive line positions in 2023. So even though these players are not listed above, any or all of them could be in the mix to take snaps for the Steelers in 2024.

The big question which remains is will Fraser be the top center for the Steelers in OTAs or in training camp. I would not be surprised to see a player such as Herbig or even Anderson taking snaps ahead of Frazier to start, but would not be shocked if it does not take long for Zach Frazier to find his way working with the 1s.

After drafting Roman Wilson on Day 2 of the 2024 NFL draft, the Steelers currently have 10 wide receivers on the roster. The current projected depth chart at wide receiver for the Steelers is as follows:

Wide Receiver

  • George Pickens
  • Van Jeffereson
  • Calvin Austin III
  • Quez Watkins
  • Roman Wilson
  • Dez Fitzpatrick
  • Denzel Mims
  • Marquez Callaway
  • Duece Watts
  • Keilahn Harris

It is always difficult on where to place a newly drafted player on the death chart, but it’s easy to put new Steelers wide receiver Roman Wilson in the top half of the wide receivers. Choosing to put him behind some of the players with NFL experience, I decided to simply slot him in behind guys who played in multiple NFL games in 2023. While this places Wilson fifth on the depth chart, a place he will likely begin training camp which would have him running with the Steelers second unit, I don’t think it will take long for Wilson to get with the first team. As for the exact pecking order of Jefferson, Austin, and Watkins, I don’t know how much it really matters now compared to in Latrobe.

As for the players behind Wilson on the depth chart, Dez Fitzpatrick did appear in a game for the Steelers in 2023 when he was elevated off the practice squad, but did not have any offensive snaps. This puts Fitzpatrick ahead of others on the depth chart after the Steelers third draft pick. I believe Denzel Mims would be the next player on the list based on his draft pedigree, followed by Marquez Callaway who has several years of NFL experience. But the placement of the bottom half of the Steelers wide receiver is open for debate much like the top half. What is likely not as debatable at this time are the players that fall into each group.

One other item of note is UDFA quarterback John Rhys Plumlee from UCF also played some wide receiver at Ole Miss. While it’s expected he would be a quarterback for the Steelers, he is the only player who does not have any position listed at

After drafting Payton Wilson on Day 2 of the 2024 NFL draft, the Steelers currently have seven inside linebackers on the roster. The current projected depth chart at inside linebacker for the Steelers is as follows:

Inside Linebackers

  • Patrick Queen
  • Elandon Roberts
  • Cole Holcomb
  • Payton Wilson
  • Mark Robinson
  • Tyler Murray
  • Jacoby Windmon

Of all the depth charts from players the Steelers drafted on Day 2 of the draft, inside linebacker is the trickiest for multiple reasons. Patrick Queen is set at the top after signing his lucrative deal as a free agent with the Steelers and coming off a Pro Bowl season in 2023 in Baltimore. Following Queen, there are many things that are open for debate. For one, where does Cole Holcomb sit on the list with so much unknown about his availability for 2024 following a serious knee injury last season? Would he land ahead or behind Elandon Roberts? For me, having to ask the question lands Holcomb outside of the realm of “starter” for the time being.

After determining those three positions, I’ve got Payton Wilson already sitting in the fourth spot for the Steelers, which could easily become spot number three if there is any kind of absence with Holcomb. I did not employ the same philosophy as wide receiver in putting a draft pick behind someone who played multiple games for the Steelers because it was obvious there needed to be an upgrade of 2022 seventh-round draft pick Mark Robinson. As the Steelers dealt with inside linebacker attrition last season, players off the couch saw playing time over Robinson on defense and the need for better depth was apparent heading into the 2024 NFL draft. For this reason, Payton Wilson starts above Robinson on the depth chart and likely moves higher as the season gets going.

Another reason it is difficult to determine an inside linebacker depth chart is based on the number of players simply listed as “linebacker“ on Tyler Murray has been listed other places as an LB/S which leads me to believe he would land on the inside linebacker unit. Also, UDFA Jacoby Windom lined up both on the line of scrimmage and off the ball at Michigan State. While the Steelers could see him more as an edge rusher, for now he will be placed on the inside linebackers list.

While this is likely the Steelers depth chart at this time, there are plenty of things that could change between now and the start of the 2024 regular season. Do these depth charts look accurate as of today? How soon do you project the Steelers draft picks to move up the chart? Make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below.


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