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Pittsburgh is set a quarterback with Ben Roethlisberger and at tight end with Heath Miller. Neither position should be considered in the first. After spending first round selections on defensive end in 2009 and 2011, it is unlikely they take a third in four years.
Wide receiver is a fluid situation depending on what happens with Mike Wallace. If Wallace is signed, that means the Steelers would have their top three receivers returning next year and not have a need at the position. If he isn't, all of a sudden receiver becomes one of their top needs.
The rest of the positions are fair game whether it is a need for a starter or for upgraded depth. That leaves the Steelers with plenty of options for the 24th overall selection in the draft.
Before we get to who may top the Steelers wish list, let’s look at who has been eliminated from the draft board.
The top quarterbacks will not be under consideration. That means no Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III, who figure to be gone with the first two picks, as well as Ryan Tannehill.
Though there is no true first-round prospect at tight end, the top player at the position, Coby Fleener, will not be an option for the Steelers in the first.
Things get interesting with defensive end as there are quality prospects at the position that the Steelers could consider, but they would have to be of unbelievable value to invest yet another first-round selection on one.
What this means is that the Steelers will only take a player such as Michael Brockers, Devon Still or Fletcher Cox if they are the best available player–which may be the case depending on how the dominoes fall. All could be good players, but they should not be rated higher than players at other positions.
With the assumption that Wallace signs, the chances for drafting Justin Blackmon (who should be long gone by 24), Michael Floyd, Alshon Jeffery or Kendall Wright can all be taken off the board.