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If 2012 has been any indication, the Steelers are going to need some depth at safety. And, in all reality, they don't just need depth, but a guy they can groom to be the future for Ryan Clark, 33, and Troy Polamalu, 31.
LSU safety Eric Reid may be the perfect guy to fill those shoes.
Reid has great size (6-2, 210 lbs) and has the versatility and athleticism to play either safety position, despite being listed as a free safety. He's long and athletic in coverage, but may be best utilized playing down towards the box and stuffing the run. Reid has had 10+ tackles twice during the Tigers 2012 season and and at least seven tackles in seven games.
When I watch Reid, I can't help but think of Polamalu. Both players have the ability to make plays all over the field and are exceptionally proficient at or around the line of scrimmage.
It's hard to get a read on where the Steelers will be picking in the first round, but Reid will most likely be on the board. He's got a chance, if drafted by Pittsburgh, to play at least one season behind two very good safeties before it's time to get his chance.
Dion Jordan / OLB / Oregon
Jordan would be a great option for the Steelers but the odds of him falling to them are very slim. Pittsburgh has the tools to move up this year and it could be for Jordan. He's a long, athletic pass rusher; think Aldon Smith of the 49ers. Very raw, but exceptionally gifted.
Alec Ogletree / ILB / Georgia
—Ogletree has garnered a ton of attention of late and may not be on the board by the time the Steelers pick. He's a versatile, sideline to sideline player who may actually be a better fit in a 4-3 scheme at the NFL level.
Sam Montgomery / OLB / LSU
—Montgomery may be a more realistic option for the Steelers if they go the outside linebacker route. He was once garnered in the top tier of pass rushers for this class but has since fallen off after disappearing in some games this season. With coaching, he could be a monster.