After that loss, it might be tempting to give up on the season and take a look at 2013 NFL draft prospects, but the Steelers are 6-5 and still have the inside track on an AFC wild-card berth. They could lose two of their final five games and still have a chance to get into the playoffs.
It's not too soon, however, to start piecing together the Steelers' draft board. The 2013 NFL draft is less than five months away. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and his minions are already evaluating the 2013 draft class.
If not, they're dropping the ball just like every active Steelers running back did on Sunday.
The Steelers could be drafting anywhere from the top 10, if they lose their remaining games, to 32nd, if they make a miraculous championship run. Likewise, a draft prospect in the top 10 now could end up a second-rounder in April.
So, it's worth looking at every potential first-rounder who fills a need for the Steelers.