Pittsburgh Steelers Day 1 Draft Primer

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Pittsburgh Steelers Day 1 Draft Primer
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All the waiting is done and the NFL draft is finally here. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ staff has done their research and put together their big board. Now it is time to put that work to good use.

 

Pittsburgh is coming off consecutive seasons where they failed to break .500. This is so far out of character for this franchise that this draft is as important as any in the last 20 years. Could head coach Mike Tomlin or general manager Kevin Colbert be on the hot seat if this team doesn’t find itself back in the playoffs in 2014?

 

The trick to all that is figuring out which spots Pittsburgh can fill immediately with rookies, and which positions can be addressed more for depth and can be moved down the priority list. Drafting for need is never ideal, however sometimes necessity requires you to take action.

 

Which spots can the Steelers fill in this draft and get impact in 2014? The key positions are cornerback, wide receiver and defensive line. Luckily, there appears to be many talented prospects at those positions in this draft. Many of the starting spots are locked in, so approaching this draft with greater focus could be prudent.

 

The Steelers have the following picks in the 2014 NFL draft. 

  • Round 1, pick 15
  • Round 2, pick 46
  • Round 3, pick 97 (compensatory pick)
  • Round 4, pick 118
  • Round 5, pick 157
  • Round 5, pick 173 (compensatory pick)
  • Round 6, pick 192
  • Round 6, pick 215 (compensatory pick)
  • Round 7, pick 230

 

With that, let’s get you ready for day one of the NFL draft.

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