Josh D. Weiss-USA TODAY Sports
Kiper: Ezekiel Ansah, LB, BYU
McShay: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Miller: Sheldon Richardson, DE, Missouri
My pick: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
The Steelers are a tough team to predict, as evidenced by the wide range of selections here.
Kiper's pick of Ansah may fill the most immediate need. Veteran linebacker James Harrison is a candidate to be released, which would open up a potential hole at outside linebacker.
Hankins could compete for the starting nose tackle position, opened up by the likely departure of veteran Casey Hampton. However, Steve McLendon played well in a reserve role this past season, and the Steelers selected Alameda Ta'amu in the fourth round in 2012.
Richardson feels like an odd choice considering Brett Keisel, Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward are all under contract for 2013. Unless someone is cut loose this offseason, Richardson may be a luxury pick Pittsburgh can't afford.
Patterson would fill the gap left by Mike Wallace's departure if he's allowed to sign elsewhere. He would also provide Ben Roethlisberger with the tall receiver he's been requesting for a number of years.