Over the past two seasons, life for the Pittsburgh Steelers has been unusual. Once among the most dominant teams in the NFL, the Steelers are now coming off of back-to-back 8-8 campaigns, and just don’t have the look or feel of an elite team anymore. Gone are the players that bolstered the team’s lineup over the last decade, and in their places are young players surrounded by uncertainty.
Sure, the team still has quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, however, it’s not like Big Ben is getting any younger, and considering the beating he takes season after season, you can’t help but wonder how much more effective football Roethlisberger has in his body.
Lost amidst all of the uncertainty surrounding the team is this, it’s time the Pittsburgh Steelers rebuild. I get it, that’s not a popular idea among Steelers faithful. But the fact is, father time has caught up with the team. Pittsburgh needs to bring in new, young talent. It’s that simple.
With the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Steelers absolutely must nail their selection. Whether it’s an offensive lineman to help bolster a struggling offensive line or someone to help bolster a secondary that has struggled since Keenan Lewis left, Pittsburgh’s future success could hinge on the success of this pick. Simply put, this year’s draft is extremely important to the Steelers. It’s the first step in the rebuilding process, and by snagging a star with their pick, they could make that rebuilding process that much easier.
It’s time the Steelers to realize that the time to rebuild is now, and it all starts with the 2014 NFL Draft.