The Pittsburgh Steelers were one final drive away from picking up their seventh Super Bowl victory in franchise history. They know now that the team needs just a few pieces to make a championship run again and will look for those pieces early on in the draft.
The Steelers have set starters at just about every position and will be looking to add quality depth to their defensive and offensive lines in the 2011 NFL Draft. The Steelers will have to find cornerbacks that can come in and compete as soon as they take the practice field. The best time to find cornerbacks with this potential would be early on in the draft. The Steelers have already used four late draft picks on cornerbacks in the Mike Tomlin era, and only William Gay has found any sort of success.
The Steelers could also look for an offensive tackle early on in the draft, a position that will be more in need next year than in 2011. Flozell Adams could still return as the team's right tackle, and there is still the opportunity for Willie Colon to return as the right tackle or possibly the right guard.
General Manager Kevin Colbert has already come out and said he likes this year's group of tackles, which could allude to two different scenarios. Either Colbert is saying he likes the tackle prospects so much he will go at them early, or he likes the depth at the position and will wait until later to draft a tackle.
The Steelers may not have a choice in drafting a tackle early on in the 2011 NFL Draft. The Steelers' top two prospects at the position, Derek Sherrod and Nate Solder, could both be gone by the time AFC North Rival Baltimore picks at No. 26.
Where the Steelers will go in this year’s draft is purely speculation at this point because predicting the NFL Draft is like playing roulette with worse odds. The Steelers could always look into trading out of the first round as well...