Re-Drafting Pittsburgh Steelers' 2013 Draft

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Re-Drafting Pittsburgh Steelers' 2013 Draft
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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2013 draft class has already shown some promise after just one season. Three of their nine selections entered the starting lineup, but only one has shown star potential.

Jarvis Jones was once thought to be one of the top prospects in the draft, but after a poor pro day, his pro potential became a heavily debated topic.  

A disappointing workout and injury concerns caused Jones to fall to the 17th selection, where the Steelers quickly snapped him up. The fact that Jones earned a starting job as a rookie was impressive, but his 40 tackles and one sack leave a lot to be desired.

Instead, Pittsburgh could have addressed needs at wide receiver or cornerback. In fact, the same could be said about each of the selections that were made in 2013. Did the Steelers make the best use of its draft picks, or could they have done a better job at improving the team?

It is easy to second-guess decisions that Pittsburgh’s front office made a year ago, but with better choices, they could be in better position today.

This article will examine what the front office could have done if they had the chance to redo the 2013 draft. Not only will the new choices take into consideration their performance as rookies, but also how they would have fit into Pittsburgh’s long-term plans.

So if the Steelers had a second opportunity at the 2013 draft, what would they do differently? Here is a look at how the draft would have changed after watching the 2013 season play out.

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