By Ed Morgans @writered21 on March 14, 2014
In getting Le'Veon Bell in last year's 2014 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers picked up a future star running back that should be in Pittsburgh for years. But the Steelers again went 8-8 and Pittsburgh must have a great NFL Draft if they are to contend next season. Here are five potential targets, updated through NFL Free Agency.
Even with the acquisition of Mike Mitchell from Carolina to replace free agent Ryan Clark to start alongside Troy Polamalu, the Steelers can use a top young safety to mold for future years. Clinton-Dix will fit that mold and should be available with Pittsburgh's 15th pick in the first round.
Heath Miller is Pittsburgh's established starter at tight end and may be the best ever in the franchise's history. But depth is needed and Eric Ebron of North Carolina could be available at 15. Ebron caught 102 passes for nearly 1,600 yards the last two seasons.
One of the best offensive linemen in the NFL Draft, Martin might be a stretch to still be available at 15. But if he is, and given Pittsburgh's issues with offensive line depth in recent years, the Steelers would be foolish not to draft Martin if they can.
Fuller only played three games his senior season, but he put up first-round numbers prior to that. He had 14.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore (including 4.5 sacks), and was in on 173 tackles in his career. He ran a 4.49 at the combine and would be a nice boost to Pittsburgh's secondary.
Simply put, if the Steelers can draft Lee with the 15th pick, the NFL Draft will have been a smashing success. They need a solid wide receiver to develop. While Lee's numbers dropped amid turmoil at USC in 2013, he caught 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 TDs in 2012.
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