Predicting what the Steelers will do in the draft this year is more difficult than for most teams because of the different decisions that need to be made at a multitude of positions.
There are still months to go before the draft. Here, however, is what I think the Steelers will do.
Dontari Poe, defensive tackle, Memphis
I could see the Steelers going in a number of different directions with this pick, and I actually think it is more likely that they trade out of it.
The Steelers have done a great job of replenishing the defensive line with Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward. However, they still need a replacement for Casey Hampton.
Finding a true 3-4 nose tackle is hard and Dontari Poe could basically redshirt behind Hampton and Steve McLendon next year.
Ryan Miller, guard, Colorado
The offensive line definitely needs help, although getting Willie Colon back from his triceps injury will provide a boost.
Miller would compete in training camp for a starting spot at either guard position. At worst, he will give the Steelers depth at the position.
Trent Robinson, safety, Michigan State
Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu are not getting any younger, and Ryan Mundy has shown to be nothing more than a quality backup.
Trent Robinson does not have the prototypical size that the Steelers normally look for in a safety, but r, he does have great speed and would contribute on special teams.
Joe Adams, wide receiver, Arkansas
Jericho Cotchery could leave. Arnaz Battle is only used on special teams. And even if Hines Ward comes back for another season, the Steelers need to add depth at the receiver position.
Fans have been calling for a big receiver since Plaxico Burress left. What Joe Adams lacks in size he makes up for with speed and big-play ability.
Bryce Harris, offensive tackle, Fresno State
Max Starks injured his knee in the playoff loss to Denver, and who knows how the team is going to handle the Willie Colon, Marcus Gilbert situation at right tackle.
The Steelers need depth on the offensive line. Although Bryce Harris is more of a project tackle, he could contribute if injuries occurred next season.
Kentrell Lockett, outside linebacker, Ole Miss
It is no secret that the Steelers love taking college defensive ends and making them into pass-rushing outside linebackers.Kentrell Lockett fits that mold.
Brandon Hardin, cornerback, Oregon State
Brandon Hardin may never end up contributing to the defensive side of the ball, but he could contribute greatly on special teams and allow the team to get rid of a guy like Will Allen.