2014 NFL Draft: 5 Players the Pittsburgh Steelers Should Avoid

5 Players the Pittsburgh Steelers Should Avoid

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The Steelers took a step back last season. Dealing with a multitude of injuries, Pittsburgh limped along to a very pedestrian year in 2013. Pittsburgh could really use some youth going forward, so hitting a home run in the draft is a must. Here are five prospects they need to avoid when the draft arrives in May.

5. AJ McCarron

AJ McCarron
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5. AJ McCarron

AJ McCarron
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Ben Roethlisberger is clearly the man in Pittsburgh, but it is very possible that the franchise may be looking for the quarterback of the future or a quarterback that they could trade in the future for a return on their investment. McCarron just doesn't have NFL-caliber skills, so he wouldn't fit the bill in this case.

4. Anthony Barr

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4. Anthony Barr

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Anthony Barr is a player who has flown up draft boards to the point where Pittsburgh may have to trade up to get him. Barr just isn't the must-have prospect who would justify trading up to get him.

3. Cyrus Kouandjio

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3. Cyrus Kouandjio

Cyrus Kouandjio
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The Steelers could use some linemen, but they have spent several valuable picks over the past few years on the position. Kouandjio played on a stacked line in college at Alabama which masked some of his many weaknesses.

2. Loucheiz Purifoy

Loucheiz Purifoy
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2. Loucheiz Purifoy

Loucheiz Purifoy
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Purifoy, like Kouandjio, is another example of a player who played a position of strength at a school with a lot of talent. Purifoy never developed into the elite player many thought he would be, so the Steelers should look elsewhere if they want secondary help.

1. Sammy Watkins

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1. Sammy Watkins

Sammy Watkins
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The draft this year is loaded with wide receiver talent, and Watkins is the cream of the crop. The Steelers, however, would have to trade up for the rights to draft him, much like the Falcons and Julio Jones a couple of years ago. The Steelers would be better off to wait for the later rounds.


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