Pittsburgh Steelers: Ranking the Defensive Draft Needs

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Pittsburgh Steelers: Ranking the Defensive Draft Needs
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As Kevin Colbert and the Pittsburgh Steelers front office and coaches put together their final draft board, they will have to consider whether to improve the offense or re-tool the traditionally strong defense.

Pittsburgh's offense, as it seems every year, needs help on the offensive line, but could also use depth at the skill positions. Defensively, there are actually a couple of holes in the lineup that may call for new starters.

The release of James Farrior leaves Larry Foote as the starter at inside linebacker and Stevenson Sylvester as the primary backup, while Casey Hampton's ACL injury may hamper him this season.

The Steelers' defensive backfield took a hit when William Gay signed with the Arizona Cardinals. That leaves cornerback and inside linebacker without a starter, although both Gay and Farrior were in a need of upgrading anyway.

There are a number of highly rated defensive prospects who will fit in the Steelers' scheme, the question now is which one ranks as the greatest need.

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