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SteelersCanada
04-16-2013, 10:38 AM
Team needs: Pittsburgh Steelers

Posted by Mike Florio

The Steelers need something that few draft picks ever immediately give any team: leadership. The only way to fix that moving forward is to find players who are likely to become leaders in the future. Of course, there may not be a future for the people picking the players if the team doesn’t improve before this year’s rookies become some future year’s leaders. So here are the areas where the Steelers need to focus in order to buy time for this year’s incoming players to eventually become leaders.

Running back: The Steelers keep saying they want to return the focus of the offense to the running game. That’s hard to do without a chain-moving, old-school running back. Rashard Mendenhall is gone, and none of the other in-house options conjure memories of Franco Harris or Jerome Bettis. In 2004, the Steelers were overdue to get a franchise quarterback. In 2013, they’re overdue to get a franchise tailback.

Receiver: Even with Emmanuel Sanders still in the fold for one more year, the Steelers need to think about 2014, when Sanders likely will join Mike Wallace as third-round picks who picked up and left after four seasons in Pittsburgh. The Steelers have done a great job finding quality receivers in later rounds of the draft; they need to do it again.

Linebacker: To vindicate the decision to cut James Harrison and later to rebuff his interest in coming back for less money, the Steelers need a solid replacement. Especially with Harrison likely landing in Cincinnati. Jarvis Jones presents an intriguing option with the team’s first-round pick. With other needs, however, using their first-round pick on a rush linebacker may be a luxury they can’t really afford. Unless Jarvis Jones is there at 17.

Quarterback: Apparently, Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich won’t be back, replaced by Bruce Gradkowski as the understudy to Ben Roethlisberger. It would make sense to spend a late-round pick on a guy who could be developed to serve as the backup over the next few years — especially with Roethlisberger’s injury history. He has appeared in all 16 regular-season games only once in his career.

Cornerback: Keenan Lewis is gone and Ike Taylor is getting closer to the end of the road. With the front seven not as potent as it used to be, the secondary needs to improve, or the defense won’t.

Tight end: A torn ACL suffered late in the 2012 season by Heath Miller makes the position a question mark for 2012. It could be time to think about finding a long-term replacement.

Offensive line: For the first time in years, the line isn’t as big of a need — in part because other needs trump it. Late-round depth would be helpful a year after David DeCastro and Mike Adams arrived via rounds one and two, respectively.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/16/team-needs-pittsburgh-steelers-3/

-- Really, Mike? We need a Quarterback, Tight End an depth at Offensive Line more than we need a Safety? He gets paid to write shit like this. He's not wrong about WR, RB and OLB, but I really hope he's not doing these needs in any sort of priority.

He's like the white Warren Sapp. Talks a lot, says nothing.

El-Gonzo Jackson
04-16-2013, 10:47 AM
Mix in a Safety and ILB and Florio has something there.

OX1947
04-16-2013, 10:51 AM
They need everything. Trade down and stock pile picks.

SteelersCanada
04-16-2013, 10:52 AM
Mix in a Safety and ILB and Florio has something there.

I think that's the big thing here though: he's missing our two biggest needs. How can he make a list and not realize that we have Larry Foote starting with LT? I'd consider Safety and ILB bigger needs than TE and OLine depth.

Steelstoned1972
04-16-2013, 11:47 AM
They need everything. Trade down and stock pile picks. I agree. we should trade back unless God himself becomes available at the 17th pick. we need alot of bodies that can learn our system asap.

El-Gonzo Jackson
04-16-2013, 12:12 PM
I think that's the big thing here though: he's missing our two biggest needs. How can he make a list and not realize that we have Larry Foote starting with LT? I'd consider Safety and ILB bigger needs than TE and OLine depth.

I agree with that.

Personally I think the biggest needs we have are at Safety, OLB, WR, RB. Although, you can find serviceable RB's in free agency. The next tier of needs are at CB and ILB, as we have guys there like Taylor and Foote who are getting older and at least CB we have some young talent....ILB there is nothing but Sylvester. :doh:

Maybe I can dream that Corey Lemonier will drop to the 3rd, but I doubt it. If we can find a trade partner, I am all for trading back in the 1st and still taking a run at something like

1. Elam
2. Lemonier
3a. Jonathan Franklin RB
3b. Quinton Patton or Ryan Swope.

I'd rather see Robert Woods in the 2nd, but think pass rush or safety is so much more important than a WR. Still havent even addressed the CB spot yet. :doh:

Fire Arians
04-16-2013, 12:51 PM
TE is a position we need to look at. out of all the players we are losing this season, MILLER hurts the most. yeah i know he'll be back at some point, but he won't be the same coming off a knee injury until season after next.

El-Gonzo Jackson
04-16-2013, 03:21 PM
TE is a position we need to look at. out of all the players we are losing this season, MILLER hurts the most. yeah i know he'll be back at some point, but he won't be the same coming off a knee injury until season after next.

I think they found a guy they like in Paulson. Miller will be back this season and its not a premium position in the offense. The kid from Rice (MacDonald) would be a nice pickup, but its not a need IMO with Miller and Paulson on the roster.

teegre
04-16-2013, 03:57 PM
Maybe I can dream that Corey Lemonier will drop to the 3rd, but I doubt it. If we can find a trade partner, I am all for trading back in the 1st and still taking a run at something like

1. Elam
2. Lemonier
3a. Jonathan Franklin RB
3b. Quinton Patton or Ryan Swope.

I'd rather see Robert Woods in the 2nd, but think pass rush or safety is so much more important than a WR. Still havent even addressed the CB spot yet. :doh:

I would also like to see Lemonier in R3, but I think that he goes before the Steelers can pick in that round. But, if he were indeed there in R3, this would be epic:

R1: Elam
R2: Woods
R3: Lemonier

Alas, like I said, Lemonier will likely go in R2... and thus, this is what I am feeling right now:

R1: Elam
R2: Lemonier
R3: Franklin
R4: McFadden
R5: Swope, Dobson, Wheaton, et cetera.

Trading back & still getting Elam would be awesome, but I just don't see anyone that people will be "ga-ga" over, in order to make that trade. Maybe Dallas wants Vaccaro, but so does Pittsburgh (so why trade back?). So, I say just draft Elam at 17.

Some might say that 17 is too early for Elam, but I truly think that as soon as Vaccaro goes, either Dallas or Cincy will jump all over Elam. (If the Steelers want him, they might "have" to take him at 17.) Regardless, Elam will NOT make it past San Fran nor Baltimore. In fact, the 49ers have the ammo to trade up to get him (although, I see them targeting Austin, if Austin somehow slips to the 15-16ish range).

Fire Arians
04-16-2013, 04:12 PM
I think they found a guy they like in Paulson. Miller will be back this season and its not a premium position in the offense. The kid from Rice (MacDonald) would be a nice pickup, but its not a need IMO with Miller and Paulson on the roster.

paulson has good receiving skills but i seriously hope he improves his blocking. he was getting blown up last year at run/pass blocking, but i'm sure it was growing pains. another offseason in the weight room should help

Lokki
04-16-2013, 04:18 PM
The #1 need of the Steelers right now..

is FREAKIN' RENEGADE!

rkGQGz7dvTs

pczach
04-16-2013, 04:21 PM
paulson has good receiving skills but i seriously hope he improves his blocking. he was getting blown up last year at run/pass blocking, but i'm sure it was growing pains. another offseason in the weight room should help

That's why signing Spaeth was important. I'm sure they'll be using both of them often this year.

SteelersCanada
04-16-2013, 04:23 PM
paulson has good receiving skills but i seriously hope he improves his blocking. he was getting blown up last year at run/pass blocking, but i'm sure it was growing pains. another offseason in the weight room should help

I think they brought back Spaeth for that reason. It buys Paulson some time to improve his run block because having Spaeth on the field is like having another RT along the line.

edit -- Aaaaaand Zach beat me to it.

pczach
04-16-2013, 04:24 PM
The #1 need of the Steelers right now..

is FREAKIN' RENEGADE!

rkGQGz7dvTs

I said Spaeth, but Renegade is good too!:flap:

El-Gonzo Jackson
04-16-2013, 09:36 PM
I would also like to see Lemonier in R3, but I think that he goes before the Steelers can pick in that round. But, if he were indeed there in R3, this would be epic:

R1: Elam
R2: Woods
R3: Lemonier

Alas, like I said, Lemonier will likely go in R2... and thus, this is what I am feeling right now:

R1: Elam
R2: Lemonier
R3: Franklin
R4: McFadden
R5: Swope, Dobson, Wheaton, et cetera.

Trading back & still getting Elam would be awesome, but I just don't see anyone that people will be "ga-ga" over, in order to make that trade. Maybe Dallas wants Vaccaro, but so does Pittsburgh (so why trade back?). So, I say just draft Elam at 17.

Some might say that 17 is too early for Elam, but I truly think that as soon as Vaccaro goes, either Dallas or Cincy will jump all over Elam. (If the Steelers want him, they might "have" to take him at 17.) Regardless, Elam will NOT make it past San Fran nor Baltimore. In fact, the 49ers have the ammo to trade up to get him (although, I see them targeting Austin, if Austin somehow slips to the 15-16ish range).

Elam will be 26 or later. I would not be surprised if Cyprien goes ahead of him, so if we were to trade back, I'm fine with letting somebody else reach for Elam. He is no slam dunk.

Also, I dont see Ryan Swope lasting until the 5th, but we can always hope I guess.

Sharkissle29
04-16-2013, 10:16 PM
I am 67.8% sure we go TE in the first round to shock most people on this board, but not me.