The draft normally takes place in April, but because of a scheduling conflict it has been moved to May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
That might seem like a long way off for Steeler fans, who hope to not have to turn their attention to the 2014 draft until February. The longer the Steelers season lasts, the shorter the pre-draft buildup.
Regardless of how far the Steelers go in the playoffs, however, their scouting department already has been poring over information on 2014 NFL draft prospects. The following players likely will be household names by this time next year, but to scouts of all 32 NFL teams, they're household names now.
This Steelers 2014 mock draft includes an extra fourth-round pick. The formula is complex, but the Steelers figure to be awarded at least a couple of compensatory mid-round picks next year after losing Mike Wallace and Rashard Mendenhall in free agency.
Compensatory picks won't be handed out until after the 2014 season, so the third-round pick in this Steelers mock draft is a projected compensatory pick. The Steelers traded their original third-round pick in 2014 to the Cleveland Browns so they could move up in the fourth round and draft Shamarko Thomas this past April.
Thomas probably was a player the Steelers coveted before most of their fans heard of him, just like most of the players in this 2014 Steelers mock draft.
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