Nothing can squash a season faster than injuries. For some teams, when it rains, it pours.
That was the case for the Steelers in 2013. This team did everything but hold open tryouts to find viable offensive linemen. Guys were playing out of position and just holding down the fort, while others got well.
And even though the line did come together and play well in the last seven games of the season, there is always room for improvement. Offensive line coach Mike Munchak knows a thing or two about coaching up players and had to be excited at the crop of multi-purpose linemen on display at the combine.
It isn't unusual to project a college tackle to guard in the NFL, but at this combine, many of them showed enough power and athleticism to be capable at both spots. The Steelers might be looking for one or two new starters in the fall, so they need these kinds of versatile athletes.
A couple of players in particular who stood out were Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin and Furman offensive tackle Dakota Dozier.
Martin (6'4", 308 pounds) offers an impressive package. The Notre Dame product is athletic enough to step out and protect at tackle but offers enough power and punch to move inside to play guard. He projects as the fourth offensive lineman off the board, so if the Steelers think he could be the next great swing lineman, they would have to take him early.
Dozier (6'4", 318 pounds) offers many of the same pluses that Martin does. His length is a little bit better, but his footwork is rawer. However, for being 10 pounds heavier, he still moves well. His first step is exceptional, and he does a nice job of getting his hands on defenders.
He is another prospect who could start his career inside at guard before moving outside. The upside to Dozier is that while Martin is a first-round pick, the Furman tackle can be had a couple of rounds later.