The free-agency period is only a week old, but there has been a real rush of activity. Lots of players have found their way to new zip codes, and with much more money in their bank accounts.
In Pittsburgh, things haven't been quite as frenetic for the Steelers as some other teams, but there have still been plenty of moves. Let's recap some of the highlights of the free-agency period so far:
- The Steelers signed free-agent safety Mike Mitchell. This should offer a seamless transition from Ryan Clark and provide the Steelers with an upgrade in speed and physical play in the defensive secondary.
- Pittsburgh lost two free-agent defensive linemen. Ziggy Hood signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, and Al Woods signed with the Tennessee Titans. This leaves the defensive line woefully thin, and this must be accounted for.
- Pittsburgh re-signed free-agent center Cody Wallace. Wallace gives the Steelers valuable depth along the interior offensive line. Wallace played well as a starter in 2013 and could compete for a starting spot this year if there are once again injuries.
- Free-agent defensive tackle Cam Thomas inked a contract with the Steelers as well. This is more of a depth move to replace Woods. However, Thomas has starting experience and could force defensive tackle Steve McLendon to slide outside to defensive end.
- Free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders signed with the Denver Broncos. This signing means the Steelers lack much in the way of production at wide receiver and could force the Steelers to draft a replacement.
With all these moves, Pittsburgh's draft priorities are definitely changing. Let's break down a new full seven-round projection. Please note that the third-round pick in this mock draft is based on the assumption that the Steelers will be awarded a compensatory selection in this round.