The Steelers have put themselves in a good position heading into the draft. They addressed a number of depth issues at some key areas during their recent free agent spending spree.
That may allow them to focus on specific need areas in the early rounds—such as offensive line, cornerback, and defensive line.
The NFL also issued the Steelers three compensatory picks—bringing their total to 10.
It seems hard to believe that all 10 picks would be able to make this veteran, talent-rich Steelers squad that is only one season removed from winning the Super Bowl.
It seems entirely possible—even likely—that the Steelers could be looking to package some of their picks to move up and select someone of interest.
The Steelers have a history of success in recent years—moving up to acquire Troy Polamalu in 2003 and Santonio Holmes in 2006.
Many thought the Steelers, with their flurry of activity in free agency, were positioning themselves to do some maneuvering in the draft—a thought that becomes even more valid with the addition of three compensatory picks.
The Steelers could be targeting any number of players to move up to acquire—such as the draft's top cover corner, Joe Haden of Florida.
Other possibilities include offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga of Iowa and versatile guard Mike Iupati of Idaho.
If their behavior during free agency is any indication, the Steelers may be making some phone calls on draft day.
Their recent history indicates they will be successful if they do make that move upward.