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Here's a look at the top ten players on the Pittsburgh Steelers' big board as we head into the first week of free agency and the first set of Pro Days and other draft-related workouts:
1. Jarvis Jones
Jones is among the top linebackers available and may go higher than the 17th overall choice that Pittsburgh currently holds, but if he falls, he would be a worth replacement for James Harrison on the outside and could start as soon as mid-2013.
2. Xavier Rhodes
The Steelers can't be sure what will happen with Keenan Lewis in free agency. If he signs somewhere else, they cannot rely on William Gay to be the answer as his replacement. Cortez Allen might be best suited to the nickel position. Rhodes would give the team a shutdown-caliber guy who could step up in 2014.
3. Matt Elam
Troy Polamalu cannot be counted upon to go on forever. Elam is a guy that would represent a similar-style player that could start in 2014 or at least platoon with Polamalu at that point. He's a hard-hitting playmaker that brings toughness and aggressiveness, both prized in Pittsburgh.
4. Kenny Vaccaro
Ryan Clark is also not getting any younger at free safety. Vaccaro is a great prospect with first-round talent that would give Pittsburgh a good developmental player that could start within the next two years. Vaccaro can deliver the same punishing style as Clark.
5. Jonathan Cooper
Despite bringing back Ramon Foster, Pittsburgh may seek offensive line depth in this draft. While not a need, the Steelers are fond of taking the best player available in each round. If they don't see a prospect that fits a need and don't want to trade down, Cooper would be a good option.
6. Desmond Trufant
Trufant is another excellent cornerback prospect that would bring a toughness to the position. He's more Ike Taylor than Keenan Lewis and will likely be more of a sturdy cover guy than a flashy playmaker, but he represents an instant upgrade on William Gay.
7. D.J. Fluker
Pittsburgh seems poised to let Max Starks walk away in free agency. They'll go with some combination of Marcus Gilbert, Kelvin Beachum and Mike Adams at the tackle spots unless something changes. Fluker represents the more athletic lineman that new offensive line coach Jack Bicknell, Jr. likes best.
8. Tavon Austin
Mike Wallace seems poised to cash in big during the open moments of free agency. Replacing him will fall to the somewhat-disappointing Emmanuel Sanders unless another upgrade is found. Austin could be an excellent mid- or late-round pick in the first round and would be an upgrade on even Wallace.
9. Damontre Moore
The Steelers love to draft defensive ends and turn them into great rush linebackers. They did this with LaMarr Woodley and have tried it with others with various levels of success. Moore represents the next Woodley-type player and could be a perfect fit in James Harrison's old spot.
10. Kevin Minter
Pittsburgh will need to work on a permanent replacement for James Farrior on the inside of the defense. Larry Foote, if he returns, has maybe one year left. Minter would allow the Steelers the flexibility of starting Foote or Sean Spence and giving them excellent depth while they sort out a more permanent depth chart.