There have been some miserable performances like the 27 second-quarter points against the Detroit Lions and the 55 points, 610 yards allowed to the New England Patriots. There have also been flashes of dominance like the second-half shutout in that same Detroit game.
But an inconsistent defense isn’t what they’ve come to expect in the Steel City.
Quite frankly it’s no surprise the Steelers’ defense has had some struggles in 2013. Its best players have gotten old (Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark, Brett Keisel and Larry Foote) and the replacements haven’t shown they are up for the task quite yet.
There’s good news, though. The 2014 draft is loaded with talent and Pittsburgh will likely get to pick earlier than it’s used to.
The Steelers think they got a steal in 2013’s first-rounder, linebacker Jarvis Jones, and only time will tell if Jones develops into the next great Pittsburgh linebacker. But who is the next future star to join Jones?
Here are the top five college players the Steelers should target in the NFL draft.