There are certain players who the Steelers should take off their board because of their high bust potential. With the franchise teetering on the brink of mediocrity, the Steelers can't afford to draft a bust in the early rounds.
Pittsburgh figures to have immediate needs at running back and wide receiver if Rashard Mendenhall and Mike Wallace leave in free agency.
On defense, the Steelers are getting old and have forced just 35 turnovers over the past two seasons.
It would behoove the Steelers to stock their defense in the 2013 draft. They chose just three defensive players out of nine picks last year. One of them was cut in training camp and the other two haven't played a down yet.
Because they missed the playoffs, the Steelers are picking at No. 17. These players all could be available to the Steelers in the first round or later, but drafting any of them would be a mistake.
The Steelers haven't drafted a bust in the first round since the turn of the century. Coming off a non-playoff season is no time to break that streak.