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Ranking Pittsburgh Steelers' Top 7 Draft Needs
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The 2013 season was a tale of two halves for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They looked like one of the worst teams out of the gate when they lost their first four games, but won six of their final eight games to finish just outside of the playoff race.

Estimated by Over the Cap to be more than $12 million over the 2014 salary cap, the Steelers will once again have to look towards the draft to upgrading the roster.

The Steelers have traditionally been successful in the draft and were rated as the fourth-best drafting team over the past five years by Bleacher Report’s Christopher Hansen.

The Steelers have been getting their young players onto the field early in their careers. This was particularly evident last season in which Jarvis Jones, Le’Veon Bell, Shamarko Thomas and Vince Williams all saw a significant number of snaps.

Though the Steelers currently only have six selections in the draft, this number should grow to at least seven or eight with compensatory picks. That will provide Kevin Colbert and the rest of Pittsburgh’s front office and coaching staff ample opportunity to replenish the team’s depth.

 

Note: Unless otherwise noted, draft projections and rankings are courtesy of CBS Sports, contract information is courtesy of to Spotrac and all statistics are courtesy of sports-reference.com

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