6 Players Pittsburgh Steelers Should Target in First Round of 2013 NFL Draft

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6 Players Pittsburgh Steelers Should Target in First Round of 2013 NFL Draft
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The Steelers could help their aging defense with Notre Dame's Manti Te'o if he falls to No. 17 in the first round.

As a consolation prize for not making the playoffs, the Pittsburgh Steelers could get a player in the 2013 NFL draft who makes an immediate impact.

The Steelers have the 17th pick in the first round of the draft after finishing 8-8 in 2012. It will be the highest they've picked since they chose Lawrence Timmons at No. 15 in 2007, Mike Tomlin's first draft.

There could be some front-seven defensive players available to the Steelers at No. 17. They're getting old on defense and could lose some defensive players to free agency.

The Steelers also could continue to build their offensive line by drafting another tackle or guard in the first round.

Rashard Mendenhall could be gone in free agency, which would create a need at running back. Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark aren't getting any younger, which puts safeties on the Steelers' radar.

There doesn't appear to be any running backs or safeties worth taking with the No. 17 pick, however. The Steelers can address those needs in later rounds.

Here's a look at players who might be getting a call from the Steelers on April 25.

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