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Need Value: 7
Of all the facets on the Pittsburgh Steelers' offense, the running game had to be the most disappointing. Pittsburgh was near the bottom of the league on the ground as they struggled to find a back who could be consistent and carry the load.
Making matters worse for the Steelers, both Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman are slated to be restricted free agents, and former No. 1 pick Rashard Mendenhall will hit the open market.
Add in the fact that Pittsburgh has all but severed ties with promising young back Chris Rainey, and you've got a real conundrum on your hands.
Right now, all signs are pointing to both Dwyer and Redman coming back while Mendenhall will most likely be looking for a new job in 2013. But just because two of three will be coming back doesn't mean the Steelers are set in the backfield.
Pittsburgh could go in one of two directions, but both lead to the team taking a running back in the draft. The team could search for a new player to carry load and be the teams workhorse, or they could find a situational back like they had in Rainey.
Either way, expect the Steelers to come away from April's Draft with a new face in the backfield.
Lacy is a true Steelers running back. A big rumbler, Lacy uses his extreme leg drive to punish opposing defenders and blow through. There may not be a premier back in this years draft, but Lacy is the cream of the crop. Projected Round: Late 1st-Early 2nd
Marcus Lattimore—Douth Carolina
Before a devastating knee injury, Lattimore may have been that premier back that this class lacks. Like Lacy, he's got great power in his legs, and if he can return form, he'd be a huge pick up for any team. Projected Round: Late 2nd-Mid 3rd
Graham has the skill set that the Steelers would like to see in a situational player. Plus, he's a local product. Projected Round: 5th
Theo Riddick—Notre Dame
Riddick was the feature back for the Notre Dame Irish, and despite his size, he carried the load for the team. He's also got good receiving skills out of the backfield. Projected Round: 5th-6th