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Pittsburgh Steelers 7-Round Mock Draft: Post-Combine Edition

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Pittsburgh Steelers 7-Round Mock Draft: Post-Combine Edition

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The Pittsburgh Steelers finished last season in a disappointing fashion after starting out a favorite to not only go the NFL playoffs, but possibly win the AFC North. Injuries hindered their progress throughout the season and, despite a late season push to nearly make the playoffs, four straight opening losses held them back and forced them to finish with an 8-8 record. Ben Roethlisberger had an average season, throwing for over 4000 yards, but at this point for an NFL team as storied as the Steelers, it’s playoffs or bust.

Along with Pittsburgh’s struggles last season came a few gaping holes in the team that will need to be filled either in free agency or in the 2014 NFL Draft. Luckily for the Steelers, this draft is one of the deepest in recent memory in positions that they are desperate for help in, and they should end up with some solid players who can make immediate impacts on the team.

Pittsburgh isn’t that far from a playoff berth in the upcoming season. Just a few more pieces and the Steelers could once again be a consistent lock in the playoffs for the next few years. Here is a complete, seven-round mock 2014 NFL Draft for the Steelers that tries to include players who should be available, as well as players who would fit with Pittsburgh’s style of play under head coach Mike Tomlin. Feel free to comment with the names of other potential picks that you’d like to see Pittsburgh select in the comment section below.

Taylor Sturm is a Columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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Round 1 (Pick 15): WR Mike Evans – Texas A&M Aggies

Mike Evans - NFL Draft
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The Steelers need a wide receiver desperately. If Evans or Clemson’s Sammy Watkins falls this far, then expect them to be locks. Both are going to shine.

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Round 2 (Pick 14): CB Kyle Fuller – Virginia Tech

Kyle Fuller - NFL Draft
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Cornerback is another position that the Steelers need to add depth to. Fuller had a really good season for Virginia Tech and could immediately become an impact player for the right team -- like Pittsburgh.

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Round 3 (No Pick): Traded to Cleveland for Shamarko Thomas

Shamarko Thomas - Steelers
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The Steelers don’t have a pick in the third round, because they traded it last season. In a deep draft that they have a lot of position needs, it could end up being costly. However, other Steelers’ players have said that Thomas has a ton of potential.

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Round 4 (Pick 18): S Terrence Brooks – Florida State Seminoles

Terrence Brooks - NFL Combine
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Brooks continues to try and sell himself to teams through the media, and I’m buying. Brooks has serious skills at the safety position and will be a steal in the fourth round who could immediately see some time on the field for the Steelers.

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Round 5 (Pick 17): RB Tyler Gaffney – Stanford Cardinal

Tyler Gaffney - NFL Draft
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Pittsburgh is looking for a backup running back as well as one for the future. Gaffney’s style of running coupled with his impressive combine performance is exactly what the Steelers need.

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Round 6 (Pick 16): OT Seantrel Henderson – Miami Hurricanes

Seantrel Henderson - NFL
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Pittsburgh is hurting along the offensive line when it comes to depth and youth. Henderson is a big tackle and could see playing time immediately with a good training camp performance.

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Round 7 (Pick 15): OG Kadeem Edwards – Tennessee State Tigers

Kadeem Edwards - TSU
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Edwards is a big, tough guard who would probably go in the fourth or fifth if he didn’t go to Tennessee State. He’s a fantastic player and could eventually become the type of player that’s in the league for more than 10 years. He’s got the athleticism to match his 6-foot-3, 315-pound frame.