Need Value: 9
The Steelers' need at outside linebacker could soar depending on whether the team decides to bring longtime pass rusher James Harrison back or not. Regardless of Harrison's departure, the Steelers still need to look for their next great pass rusher on the outside.
The last two season have not been kind to the Steelers and their pass rushers. After finishing among the bottom of the league in 2011 in sacks, Pittsburgh ranks 24th in sacks this season with only 22 as a team.
LaMarr Woodley has been too injured to be himself over the last two seasons and James Harrison's knee injury has clearly been affecting him and his abilities on the edge. Jason Worilds has been solid in his limited role, but there's no telling if he's ready for a starting job.
I fully expect the Steelers will be looking for an outside linebacker early in the 2013 draft, possibly even with their first pick. Lucky enough for the Steelers, there's a lot of good pass rushers to go around in the coming draft.
Jarvis Jones: Georgia
If the Steelers can get their hands on Jones, it'd be the perfect pick for the team. Jones is a ready-made 3-4 linebacker who is a force coming off the edge and is disruptive in opponents backfields. He's probably the best pure 3-4 outside linebacker in the draft and could be a three-down player. Jones will be a very high pick; most likely inside the top 10 so Pittsburgh will have to go get him or hope he falls.
Dion Jordan: Oregon
Dion Jordan is an interesting prospect and might be better suited as a 4-3 defensive end. But at 6'6", 245 pounds, the Steelers have to give Jordan a look. He's going to be raw as a stand-up rusher and it'll take time before he's on the field every single play, but it took Aldon Smith time in San Francisco. I'd say that turned out pretty well.
Sam Montgomery: LSU
Montgomery started the 2012 season being regarded as the top pass rushing prospect in the country, but he's fallen off a little since then. Montgomery still has great size and athleticism, but disappears at times during the game. Personally, I like Montgomery and with the right teacher he can be a force. He'll be around a lot closer to when the Steelers are picking and could end up being their guy.