(Sports Network) - There is plenty of work to be done in Pittsburgh as age has
slowly crept up on the Steelers.
In fact, this could be the most important draft for Pittsburgh in years as
they have to replenish multiple positions.
The Steelers have moved on from former Defensive Player of the Year James
Harrison, will likely replace veteran nose tackle Casey Hampton and really
can't count on oft-injured safety Troy Polamalu.
Meanwhile, two of the team's younger playmakers, wide receiver Mike Wallace
and cornerback Keenan Lewis jetted in free agency to Miami and New Orleans
respectively. The team was able to keep restricted free agent receiver
Emmanuel Sanders, who signed a one-year offer sheet with New England, making
that position less of a priority.
The Steelers are seemingly always looking for help on the offensive line while
the club will also need help at running back because Rashard Mendenhall left
Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, who has been falling since running some poor
40 times at his pro day, would be a perfect sit in Western Pennsylvania with
the 17th overall pick as would Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro or LSU 'backer Kevin
2012 Record: 8-8
Top Needs: WR, LB, S
First Three Picks: No. 17, No. 48, No. 79
Number of Selections: 8 (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 6, 7)
RECENT FIRST ROUND HISTORY: 2012 - David DeCastro (OG, Stanford); 2011 -
Cameron Heyward (DE, Ohio State); 2010 - Maurkice Pouncey (C, Florida); 2009 -
Evander "Ziggy" Hood (DL, Missouri); 2008 - Rashard Mendenhall (RB, Illinois);
2007 - Lawrence Timmons (LB, Florida State); 2006 - Santonio Holmes (WR, Ohio
State); 2005 - Heath Miller (TE, Virginia); 2004 - Ben Roethlisberger (QB,
Miami-Ohio); 2003 - Troy Polamalu (SS, USC).
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