They did well in free agency to add depth to areas such as wide receiver, safety, and linebacker as well as address the horrid special teams play from last season by signing some proven performers in that department.
That leaves Pittsburgh facing issues of depth for the aging defense, and someone to challenge for playing time at the shaky cornerback and offensive line positions.
Someone could still step up from among last season's holdovers, but the Steelers would be wise to bring in some young talent via the draft as well.
So with that in mind, I compiled my own Steelers mock draft for 2010:
Round One (18th pick): Kyle Wilson CB, Boise State
The versatile Wilson would make an immediate impact and could step into the starting lineup sooner rather than later.
He could help to shore up a leaky secondary that slipped noticeably last season. He also has return capabilities.
Round Two (52nd pick): Terrence Cody DT, Alabama
Immovable mountain of a man clogs the middle like a 3-4 nose tackle is supposed to do.
Cody is capable of collapsing the pocket and making things uncomfortable for opposing QBs. Could be groomed to eventually replace Casey Hampton, who is advancing in age.
Round Three (82nd pick): Alex Carrington DE, Arkansas State
Is strong with good size and speed. Does well at the point of attack versus the run.
Can also push the pocket. Would add some much needed youth and depth to aging defensive line.
Round Four (116th pick): Chris Scott OT, Tennessee
Played on the left side in college but projects to right tackle in the NFL. Scott is a powerful blocker who can neutralize defensive ends in the run game.
With a new commitment to run the ball, the Steelers could use a road grader like Scott.
Round Five (151st pick): LeGarrette Blount RB, Oregon
I know, I know, another player with character issues.
Blount's NFL potential is unlimited if he can keep his nose clean, though, and he may be worth a chance at this point in the draft.
Round Five (164th pick): Jamar Chaney LB, Mississippi State
Has good size and is very athletic. Does exceptionally well in pass coverage and can make an immediate impact on special teams.
A 3-4 team like Pittsburgh can always use more depth at linebacker.
Round Five (166th pick): Devin Ross CB, Arizona
An active defender, Ross is a capable player in man coverage as well as zone coverage schemes.
Has enough talent to contribute as a rookie in the secondary and on special teams.
Round Six (188th pick): Ciron Black OT, LSU
Is strong and powerful with a real nasty streak. Played left tackle at LSU but may need to switch to the right side at the next level.
Round Seven (225th pick): Eric Olsen C, Notre Dame
Has ideal size and strength. Olsen is a hard worker with good technique. Is a smart player who would have a chance to make this team.
Round Seven (242nd pick): Corey Peters DT, Kentucky
Has good pass rushing skills to push the pocket. Is better suited to play defensive end in the Steelers' 3-4 scheme.
That concludes my Steelers mock draft. I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed making the list.
Let the official NFL draft begin.
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