Steelers 2014 Pre Training Camp Roster Polls: Will LB Jordan Zumwalt Make The Final 53?

The Pittsburgh Steelers won’t begin training camp for a few more weeks, so I thought we would spend this week talking about a few players that many believe will have a decent shot at making the final 53 man roster. Basically, these are players that we can’t quite consider locks, but do consider as being on the bubble.

After reading the recap of the player that we highlight, you can cast your vote as to whether or not you think that player will make the final 53 man roster. Each poll will run for three days.

The third player up in this series is rookie linebacker Jordan Zumwalt.

2013 Season Recap:

There’s no 2013 season with the Steelers to recap for Zumwalt, who was drafted in the sixth-round out of UCLA back in May. During his senior season, Zumwalt recorded 91 total tackles with 6.5 of those resulting in a loss. Started all 13 games in ’13 (12 at LILB, one at LOLB).

2014 Outlook:

Missing all of the OTA practices due to graduation requirements certainly won’t help Zumwalt’s cause heading into training camp. However, he was able to attend the mandatory mini camp and it’s not like the team is expecting him to contribute during his rookie season on defense.

Zumwalt’s path to the Steelers final 53 man roster figures to include him being able to be a core special teams player. This mean that he will be expected to play on both return teams and both coverage teams should he make the team. Two other young linebackers, Terence Garvin and Sean Spence, will also be gunning for spots and it’s unlikely that all three make the final 53 man roster.

Zumwalt might be able to help his cause by showing position flexibility during training camp and the preseason as he could see playing time at an inside position and an outside position.

Vote below and tell us the reason why you voted the way that you did in the comments below.

You can view the results here.

Previous Polls:
Will LB Terence Garvin Make The Final 53?
Will LB Sean Spence Make The Final 53?

  • CW

    I believe Zumwalt will probably not make the roster.

    Unless he can beat out Garvin on Special Teams play or show serious position flexibility I believe he is at best a year away from the seasonal roster. He mostly played inside in college and there is too much of a glut of inside linebackers right now and learning the outside linebacker position for the Steelers will probably just take too long for him to be much more than a camp body this year.

    Considering that Vince Williams and Terrance Garvin both played decently as either an inside linebacker or as a Special Teams ace and there’s Sean Spence, Vic So’oto as well as Arthur Moats who all can play inside linebacker, so I just don’t see the room unless at least one of those five completely fall on their face in training camp since they are not even the starters at inside linebacker or outside linebacker. Then there’s that rookie Howard Jones whose incredibly fast and could supplant one of the backups as an outside linebacker backup.

    Just too many backers and too few roster spots for all of them to get a spot.

  • steeltown

    Im torn on this one.. normally I’d say yes, with his position flexibility and his knowledge of the scheme but it’s going to be tough for him. If Spence shows he’s fully recovered one would think he is the primary backup at the MAC position. Garvin has a year under his belt in the system and has already proven that he is an asset on special teams. Plus, Zumwalt has PS eligibility.

    Im rooting for him, but it’s going to be tough making the roster this year.

  • patrick Mayfield

    No for me – I think he’s a PS guy this year but I could see him being on the bubble to the end. From college scouting, he’s not good enough in coverage to be a #2 at ILB and he’s not going to be strong enough to play outside this year.

    If Vince Williams was injured or got some flex looks outside those are the only ways I see him fitting on the 53. Assuming they keep 9 LB with Worilds, Jones, Moats, V Williams, Spence, Timmons and Shazier as relative locks, you have Carter, So’oto, Zumwalt, (deebo?), Garvin, HoJo, Kion Wilson in the running for those last 2 spots.

    Personally I’d take Deebo on a one year deal and Hojo at this point to groom into a backup role. Seems we never develop an OLB unless we draft him. Robinson stuck for a year then got traded, Baxter got cut mid-season. Carter keeps getting a pass.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    My guess is this comes down to Garvin vs. Zumwalt with special teams making the final decision. I think Carter’s spot is up for grabs as well, but I think that is Jones and So’oto pushing him. Special teams is where he will earn his spot. In addition, I think it has been noted on here that the Practice Squad is a nice place to put a player, but it is RARE that the PS player comes in and makes the roster the next year. J. Brown might have a shot this year, but you never know.

  • Johnny Loose

    I voted that he will make the roster, but after considering, I just don’t see it. I originally had him beating out Garvin because of their size difference and I was thinking Zumwalt has the edge for a guy who can also learn the OLB spot as well as ILB. That was also under the assumption that Garvin has practice squad eligibility. Either way, if Garvin is already a significant contributor on special teams, then I see no reason to stunt his growth on defense when Zumwalt will probably be better for having a year of PS under his belt. As stated above he didn’t participate in OTAs because of graduation requirements so that certainly doesn’t help. I really like him as a prospect I like his intensity in college. Definitely seems like a leader and for some reason I see him contributing on defense in the future. Even if in as a backup or rotational player. Hard to not like how we look at ILB though, very nice.

  • ApexSteel

    If he can outplay Chris Carter at OLB then yes, but I doubt it.

  • Scot Hickerson

    There is Zero chance he gets completely cut. I think his chance of making the 53 is tough with the wealth of LB Talent. If he really impresses on Special teams he will be depth at OLB. I think on this team for him to spend a year on the PS isn’t a total insult. He is going to be really good and succeed in the NFL it’s only his learning curve the competition that can limit him in 2014.

  • Wing t

    I think he makes it. I also think it depends on who gets injured in the preseason.

  • dgh57

    About his only chance is to move him outside and for him to knock Carter off the roster! But I don’t think we can be so LUCKY so it’s off to the PS for him, lol!!

  • Toddy Bravo

    He will not get time at ILB because we are stacked at that position. To make the roster, I think he would have to beat out Chris Carter for the 4th OLB spot (if we keep 4 OLBs). I can already anticipate all the Carter haters chiming in, but it’s highly unlikely they keep a rookie over a vet in this situation, considering that neither backup OLB (Moats, Zumwalt) would have played in this system before. He also needs time in the weight room. Clearly a PS player this year.