The Pittsburgh Steelers are in a position that they haven't been in for many years. According to Pro-Football-Reference.com, the Steelers haven't had three consecutive seasons without a playoff berth since 1998-2000.
If they don't want a repeat of that in 2014, they must do a better job in the early portion of the NFL draft. This means the Steelers front office, led by general manager Kevin Colbert, has to hit with their first-round pick.
One way to track what teams have interest in particular players is through the interview process. Each team is allotted 60 player interviews during the combine. That might seem like a huge number, but compared to 335 total prospects, it really isn't. Obviously every interview isn't a target, but there is almost always information to glean from it.
Sometimes an interview is designed to gather information about a prospect's teammate or opponent. However, in many cases, it is exactly what you think it is: a chance to get inside the head of a potential Steelers player.
Let's take a closer look at five first-round prospects rumored to be squarely on the radar of the Steelers this week at the NFL Scouting Combine.