This is my 2nd of 32 team draft previews that I will be doing leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft.
The Pittsburgh Steelers fell just short of winning yet another Super Bowl title, but there is a huge reason for optimism in Pittsburgh.
The Steelers have a roster full of young talent that will keep the Steelers in Super Bowl contention the next few seasons. Kevin Colbert has a very successful track record in the draft, and Mike Tomlin is one of the top coaches in the NFL. With those two leading the way, the present and future of the Steelers looks to be brighter than just about every other team in the league.
Ben Roethlisberger is the leader of the offense, and he had an excellent season in 2010. He is one of the best quarterbacks in the game, and Pittsburgh is lucky to have him at the helm for the near future.
Rashard Mendenhall is quickly becoming a top NFL running back, but there isn’t much behind him. The Steelers should look to find another runner to complement him.
The receiving corps is very young and talented, but is led by veteran Hines Ward. Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, and Antonio Brown give the team a nice group of receivers. Heath Miller is a great pass catcher as a tight end, and he pairs well with blocking tight end Matt Spaeth.
The line has a few holes, but Maurkice Pouncey looks like he will be the leader along the line for many years to come. Look for the Steelers to target an offensive lineman or two in this year’s draft.
The Steelers' defensive line is still very solid, but they are quickly getting older. Starters Casey Hampton, Brett Keisel and Aaron Smith are getting up there in years. Ziggy Hood looks like a future anchor along the line, but the Steelers should look to add more depth for this unit.
The linebackers are the strength of this team, as all four starters last year have Pro Bowl talent. James Farrior and James Harrison are the veteran leaders, whereas Lawrence Timmons and Lamar Woodley look to be Pro Bowl fixtures in the next five to 10 years.
The secondary is also very solid, as they are led by Defensive Player of the Year Troy Polamalu. Ryan Clark and Ike Taylor also played great, but the lack of depth at cornerback became very obvious in the Super Bowl.