Even if they lose a late-round pick because of Mike Tomlin interfering on Jacoby Jones' kickoff return in Week 13, they figure to be awarded several compensatory picks after losing Mike Wallace, Rashard Mendenhall and Keenan Lewis to free agency last year.
The Steelers need a lot of picks to restock a defense that is showing its age. They were 14th in points allowed in the league in 2013 for their worst ranking since 2003, according to Pro Football Reference. They also were 13th in yards allowed—their worst showing since 1992 in Bill Cowher's first season.
While the defense must be addressed heavily in this draft, the offense gained steam late this past season and could use a player or two to maintain that momentum.
The draft will be held May 8-10 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
After an 8-8 finish in 2013, the Steelers have the No. 15 pick in the first round. It will be their highest pick since they chose Lawrence Timmons at that spot in 2007.
They'll need to have similar success with this year's first-round pick, and their several picks in the later rounds, to avoid extending their playoff drought to three years in 2014.
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