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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Pittsburgh Steelers Rumors You Need To Know

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2014 NFL Draft: 5 Pittsburgh Steelers Rumors You Need to Know

Mike Tomlin
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to return to their winning ways in 2014 after back-to-back .500 seasons. To do so, a productive draft will be in order. With the incessant speculation of draft season, a plethora of rumors have already surfaced in regards to the Steelers' draft plans. Here are the top five rumors you need to know.

5. Cornerback Will Be 1st Round Pick

Darqueze Dennard
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5. Cornerback Will Be 1st Round Pick

Darqueze Dennard
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The Steelers have very little depth at cornerback. On top of that, Ike Taylor, the team's No. 1 corner in past seasons, turns 34 next month. Needless to say, the position is expected to be addressed in May's draft, and, according to one rumor, addressed very early. First and second round options include Justin Gilbert, Darqueze Dennard (pictured), Kyle Fuller and Jason Verrett.

4. Safety Still In Play

Calvin Pryor
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4. Safety Still In Play

Calvin Pryor
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Despite selecting Shamarko Thomas in the fourth round of last year's draft, re-signing Will Allen and handing free agent Mike Mitchell a five-year deal -- all safeties -- the Steelers are rumored to still be considering adding a safety in May's draft. A free safety to develop could be targeted in the early, middle or late rounds. The Steelers recently hosted Calvin Pryor (pictured), a potential firs-round pick.

3. Multiple Picks Will Be Used On Defensive Line

Louis Nix III
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3. Multiple Picks Will Be Used On Defensive Line

Louis Nix III
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After seeing its annual stout run defense plummet to 21st in the NFL in 2013, Pittsburgh is expected to use May's draft to fortify its defensive line. A true nose tackle is needed, as is a starter or at least depth at defensive end after Brett Keisel's departure in free agency. Don't be surprised if the Steelers select two defensive linemen.

2. Steelers Covet Big Receiver

Allen Robinson
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2. Steelers Covet Big Receiver

Allen Robinson
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After primarily throwing to speedy receivers in recent seasons, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may finally have a big body, large-catch radius receiver to target in 2014. The team has reportedly told Big Ben it will draft just that in May. In a deep class at the receiver position, it's the perfect time to bolster the corps. Allen Robinson (pictured) is one potential suitor.

1. Trade Up For Mike Evans Possible

Mike Evans
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1. Trade Up For Mike Evans Possible

Mike Evans
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Who will that big receiver be? According to one rumor, it could be Texas A&M product Mike Evans, who is considered the draft's second best receiver by most. Evans' 6-foot-5 frame would give Roethlisberger a huge target to throw jump balls to. The only problem? Evans likely still won't be on the board at pick No. 15 overall. But the Steelers are supposedly not opposed to trading up for him.