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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Late-Round Sleepers the Pittsburgh Steelers Should Target

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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Late-Round Sleepers the Pittsburgh Steelers Should Target

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The Pittsburgh Steelers finished last season 8-8 but missed out on the NFL Playoffs due to four straight losses to open the season. In a disappointing season, the Steelers still finished with a 4-2 record in the AFC North, which means that they aren’t far off from competing for a playoff spot. Once again Ben Roethlisberger had a decent year, throwing for over 4000 yards, but injuries hindered the Steelers’ success and left them on the outside looking into the NFL Playoffs despite their impressive division record.

From the 2014 NFL Draft, Pittsburgh needs a young safety they can tutor under Troy Polamalu, a wide receiver to help out Antonio Brown, a backup running back for Le’Veon Bell and a cornerback or two to add depth to the roster. If Pittsburgh can get these pieces, as well as stay somewhat healthy, the Steelers will have a legitimate chance to win the AFC North and return to the playoffs.

Luckily for the Steelers, the 2014 NFL Draft is extremely deep at all of their position needs. They should be able to spend early picks on the best players available and then be able to pick up players who will be able to compete for playing time and meet their needs with their late-round picks. Here are five late-round sleepers that the Steelers should look at in the 2014 NFL Draft. Feel free to comment in the section below if you have any other suggestions for late-round picks that Pittsburgh should take a look at in the draft.

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5. WR L'Damian Washington – Missouri

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The Steelers need another WR but not badly enough to waste an early draft pick. Washington is a tall receiver who ran a 4.46 time in the 40-yard dash and could easily become a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver for Ben Roethlisberger immediately. He’s predicted to go in the seventh round.

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4. S Tre Boston – North Carolina

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His athleticism and build scream NFL safety. This is guy is a diamond in the rough, and a veteran defense like Pittsburgh could turn him into an asset very early on in his career.

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3. CB Andre Hal – Vanderbilt

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Hal is a lot better than he gets credit for. He had an impressive season for Vanderbilt and an impressive combine performance.

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2. RB Rajion Neal – Tennessee

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Neal didn’t show out last season as expected, but he did surprisingly well with a team that basically didn’t have a quarterback. He looks the part of an NFL back and has the athleticism to have success. He could be a good backup.

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1. CB Phillip Gaines – Rice

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Gaines is very talented. He’s an annoying cornerback who can play right on opponents as well as back off and play coverage. He’s also got the right size for the tough defense that Pittsburgh tends to play.