5 Potential Scenarios For Pittsburgh Steelers’ First Round Draft Pick
5 Scenarios For Pittsburgh Steelers' First Round Pick
The 2014 season is now preparing itself, as the NFL Scouting Combine will be held from the 22-25 of February and free agency will be soon after in March. Franchises across the league have been rebuilding or adding to their coaching staff, and the same is being done with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Steelers have made two coaching changes at the conclusion of the 2013 season. The team fired offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. and hired former Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Munchak. Also, the Steelers hired James Saxon as the team’s running backs coach after Kriby Wilson left the team to coach for the Minnesota Vikings.
With all of the salary cap woes the Steelers are facing, they again must hit on the 2014 NFL Draft. After a pretty successful draft the year before, the Steelers still show some glaring needs on both sides of the football.
The Steelers will most likely lose the company of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, Ryan Clark and Brett Keisel to free agency. They also must deal with the uncertainty of not being able to re-sign guys like Jason Worilds and Fernando Velasko.
So, what will the Steelers be thinking in the first round of the draft this May? Here are five scenarios they could partake in during the first round.
5. Offensive Tackle
Well, with the great production out of Kelvin Beachum last season, unless a sure fit left tackle falls into the Steelers’ lap, I think they pass on tackle. However, Beachum has played all positions on the offensive line, so he can definitely be moved again.
The Steelers went linebacker in the first round of last season’s draft, but with the lack of depth right now and not knowing the future of Jason Worilds, the Steelers could address the position again.
3. Wide Receiver
As mentioned earlier, Emmanuel Sanders will most likely not be returning to the black and gold. Therefore, the Steelers will have just Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Derek Moye, unless the team re-signs Jerricho Cotchery.
2. Defensive End
With the departure of Brett Keisel and possibly Ziggy Hood, the Steelers are facing a big hole on the defensive line. This year’s class does have some great athletes at the position, but it tends to take years before defensive linemen are ready to play in the Steelers’ defensive scheme.
With an aging secondary with three men over the age of 32, the Steelers need to find some depth quickly in the defensive back field. I expect the Steelers to address cornerback very early in the draft.