Mike Tomlin has his share of talented players since he took over in 2008.  Several All-Pros have passed through the organization during his reign.  Narrowing down the top 30 Steelers since Tomlin took over was no easy task.  After much thought, here is the list of the top 30 players who’ve played under Mike Tomlin:

     30.  Martavis Bryant

     29.  Ramon Foster

     28.  Vince Williams

     27.  Marcus Gilbert

     26.  Mike Wallace

     25.  Ryan Clark

     24.  Santonio Holmes

     23.  Stephon Tuitt

     22.  Willie Parker

     21.  Ike Taylor

No Steelers top 30 list can go without Martavis Bryant from this blog.  He may in fact be one of the most talented players ever to put on the black and gold.  Unfortunately, his lack of discipline eventually cost him a career in the NFL.  As you might imagine, wide receiver will be a popular position throughout this list.  We have three so far in the bottom thirty, including a Super Bowl MVP in Santonio Holmes.  

Willie Parker was one of the most exciting players on this list.  He gave us the most incredible run in Steelers Super Bowl history….https://youtu.be/7oxbocufUeA

     20.  Rashard Mendenhall

     19.  David DeCastro

     18.  Alejandro Villanueva

     17.  Casey Hampton

     16.  LaMarr Woodley

     15.  James Farrior

     14.  Lawrence Timmons

     13.  Joe Haden

     12.  Bud Dupree

     11.  Cam Heyward

There’s a lot of best players at their position in this next ten.  Like him or not, Alejandro Villanueva was far and away the best left tackle during this time.  Joe Haden was easily the best corner the Steelers have had since Rod Woodson.  Count Casey Hampton and David DeCastro as tops at their positions as well.

     10.  Ryan Shazier

     9.   Heath Miller

     8.   Le’Veon Bell

     7.   Minkah Fitzpatrick

     6.  Maurkice Pouncey

     5.   TJ Watt

     4.  James Harrison

     3.   Ben Roethlisberger

     2.   Antonio Brown

     1.  Troy Polamalu

This is as good a ten players as you will find on any team over since 2008.  Kevin Colbert does not get the credit he deserves for consistently providing this franchise with top players.  The big three of Roethlisberger, Brown, and Bell highlight the top 10. Their failure to win a Super Bowl together will always be a blemish on Mike Tomlin’s resume.   Kevin Colbert is the most frustrated man in Pittsburgh

There is no debate in our minds that Troy Polamalu is the best of the players to have played during the Tomlin era.  Not only was he the most talented, but also the most productive.  Polamalu has all the stats, and now the Hall of Fame nomination to put on his resume.  An argument could be made for Ben Roethlisberger.  He certainly has the resume also.

If Antonio Brown had not completely gone off the rails, and remained a Pittsburgh Steeler for his entire career, he may well have made it to number one on this list.  He was undoubtedly well on his way before his meltdown.  It is one of the great tragedies of this franchise that Brown was unable to keep it together, and finish his career in Pittsburgh.