The Pittsburgh Steelers have already clinched a playoff berth and are in route to another Super Bowl victory in 2011.
Although I am excited to watch how the Steelers do in the playoffs, I can not wait to start putting together mock drafts and researching who would be a great fit in Pittsburgh.
Here are five guys that I can realistically see the Steelers taking in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft in April.
The Steelers offense suffered during the first part of the season because they failed to address the offensive line in the offseason.
There is a chance that the Steelers will move either Willie Colon or Marcus Gilbert to RG, which would still leave an opening at LG.
Cordy Glenn is one of the best interior lineman in the draft, and has the versatility to play tackle if the Steelers needed him to.
I actually do not think that Mark Barron will fall far enough for Pittsburgh, however, I do think the Steelers could trade up for him.
The Steelers need some youth at safety with veterans Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu getting up there in age.
Barron is the best safety in the draft, and he could play a big role on special teams. He is groomed to take Ryan Clark’s spot in a year or so.
Even with Max Starks at LT, the Steelers still need a tackle for the future unless they plan to switch Marcus Gilbert to the left side.
The Steelers also have the option of switching Willie Colon to RG, which would open a spot at RT for either Gilbert or Adams.
At worst, Adams would give the Steelers more offensive line depth, and he would most likely have the opportunity to sit for a year to develop.
Even though the Steelers already have a lot of money wrapped up in LaMarr Woodley, James Harrison and Lawrence Timmons, I could still see them taking a linebacker.
The Steelers pass rush has not really been all there this season with injuries to both Woodley and Harrison.
Although Jason Worilds and Chris Carter have shown spurts of pass rushing ability, Jarvis Jones would be a great addition to the linebacking core.
Steve McLendon has developed into a nice backup at DT however, the team still needs someone to replace Casey Hampton.
Hampton is not as dominant as he once was, and veteran Chris Hoke will likely retire at the end of this season.
Alameda Ta’amu has the size to be a prototypical 3-4 nose tackle, and he could sit behind Hampton for a year before becoming a main contributor.