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The Steelers chose to say goodbye to longtime inside linebacker James Farrior this February. Farrior has been with the Steelers since the 2002 season and in that time went from draft bust to Pro Bowl performer.
Now, the team will turn one of its inside linebacker spots over to the young Stevenson Sylvester. Sylvester will play opposite Lawrence Timmons, who's become a steady contributor in the middle. The backup situation is dicey, however.
Larry Foote is the only other true inside man with experience. He's getting on in years too.
A draft pick needs to be spent here not only to provide depth but also to give Sylvester a push. A little healthy competition will make everyone better. There's also no guarantee that Sylvester, good as he seems to be, will be able to handle the every-down job of starting.