Round 4: Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama
Defensive line wasn’t considered a major need for the Steelers prior to the onset of free agency. But, with the departures of Ziggy Hood, Al Woods and the uncertainty regarding Brett Keisel, it’s certainly become one.
Ed Stinson won’t offer much as a pass rusher, but fortunately he won’t be expected to either. Where Stinson really shines is in run defense, an aspect of the Steelers’ game that fell off significantly in ’14.
Round 5: Prince Shembo, OLB, Notre Dame
As previously mentioned, the Steelers are sorely hurting for linebacker depth. The most experienced backup at the outside ‘backer spot is Chris Carter. Carter’s yet to register a sack in three professional seasons.
Prince Shembo was inconsistent at times, but he also flashed the ability to be a quality pass-rusher at the next level. That much is evidenced by his 19.5 career sacks at Notre Dame, as well as his three games with multiple quarterback takedowns.
Round 5 (Compensatory): Storm Johnson, RB, UCF
It appears the Steelers finally found their workhorse in Le’Veon Bell during last year’s draft. However, with the suddenly alarming lack of depth in the backfield, the team will likely be targeting a back in this year’s draft as well.
Johnson was key to UCF's surprising resurgence. In his lone year as a starter, he notched 17 total scores and also flashed some receiving ability with 30 receptions.
Round 6: Ryan Carrethers, NT, Arkansas State
With the recent acquisition of Cam Thomas, the Steelers may feel comfortable at the nose tackle spot. However, if the team is considering a position switch for Steve McLendon, as ESPN’s Scott Brown suggests, that could change.
Even if McLendon stands pat, Pittsburgh has a need for large, able bodies along its defensive front. At 337 pounds and mighty strong to boot (32 reps on the bench press), Carrethers fits the bill.
Round 7: Wesley Johnson, OL, Vanderbilt
The Steelers have seen David DeCastro and Maurkice Pouncey succumb to debilitating injuries in successive seasons. As a result, they’ve surely realized that there’s no such thing as too many offensive linemen.
Wesley Johnson is durable, as proven by his Vanderbilt-record 51 starts. He’s also versatile, with experience at every position along the offensive line. Both qualities should appeal to the Steelers.