The Offseason(s) that shaped the franchiseComing off a 14-2 first season in the which the Steelers were the #1 seed in the AFC and were knocked out in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, they knew some changes had to be made. Armed with plenty of cap space and a high pick in the draft following the sim season, the Steelers set out to make some bold moves which would pay off immediately and in the long term as most of the players acquired played a vital role in their Super Bowl 2019 season.. FREE AGENCY DT Michael Brockers – When the Steelers signed Brockers to his enormous 4 yr/71M contract many immediately said he was overpaid. However, with the Steelers desperately needed a DT/NT they felt they had to overpay to get the guy they needed. In his time with the Steelers Brockers has posted double digit sacks in each of his played seasons and consistently gets pressure up the middle which is vital to their defensive attack. CB Sean Smith – Smith was picked up to start opposite Cortez Allen but was quickly moved into the nickel role when the Steelers acquired Prince Amukamura from the Giants. Smith put up good seasons in Pittsburgh but was eventually pushed to the 4th cb role and excelled there before being recently let go. WR Marvin Jones – Marvin Jones was acquired with the expectation he would start opposite Antonio Brown. However, the Steelers would luck out and find a gem in the draft which would push Jones to the slot WR where he produced when called upon and stepped into the starting lineup when Brown went down to injuries. TRADE CB Prince Amukamura – When the Steelers saw the opportunity to acquire Prince from the Giants, they jumped at the chance and haven’t looked back since. Prince has played left and right corner before moving to nickel CB last season and has fit in well in Pittsurgh. DRAFT PICKS QB Zane Gray(6th pick, 2016 draft) – The Steelers knew that Roethlisberger’s best days were behind him even during the season and were preparing to find his successor. Luckily, the Steelers weren’t too successful in the sim season landing the 6th pick in the draft and their QB of the future. Gray has gone on to progress to a 99 overall and has added the Pro Bowl to his many accolades so far in his young career. WR DaVonte Belton(6th rd,2016) – Belton was an absolute steal this late in the draft. Coming in already at 77 overall and with the superstar trait, Belton has progressed to a 94 overall and into 1 of the best receivers in the league. WR Corlus Murphy(3rd rd, 2016) – Murphy was drafted with the expectation he would be the Steelers red zone threat due to his size (6’4”) and hands(84 CTH, 84 CTH). He took over the starting spot opposite Belton when the Steelers let go Brown which shows how high they were on this kid and he played a vital role as the #2 WR. HB Hussam Okuyemi(5th rd, 2016) – Okuyemi was a shot in the dark as the Steelers didn’t scout him but he came in better than expected at 77 overall as a rookie with the superstar trait. Lack of opportunities behind LeVeon Bell and new star HB Marcus Tillman has limited Okuyemi’s production but he has filled in when his number was called.