By Ed Morgans @writered21 on April 18, 2014
Normally, picking 15th in the NFL Draft can be a wasteland: not bad enough to get a great pick, not good enough to make the playoffs. But this year's draft is deep at many positions where the Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8 in 2013) need help, such as defensive tackle, tight end, wide receiver, cornerback and offensive line. Here are five names at those positions Steelers fans should know before the draft, for multiple rounds.
If Moses falls to the Steelers in the second round, he could be a steal. The former Virginia Cavalier has the necessary size at 6-foot-6 and 315 pounds, but is also quick on his feet to block in the running game and pass protection. Pittsburgh is always rebuilding its offensive line, it seems, and Moses would be a nice fit for them in the second round.
A senior, the only knock about Dennard might be his size, as he checks in at 5-foot-11 and may struggle against taller wide receivers. But the cornerback opposite veteran Ike Taylor has been a position in transition for the Steelers, and with Taylor's years getting short, Pittsburgh has to find a premier cornerback soon who will be ready to step in.
The Steelers have an established tight end in Heath Miller, who may well be the best at that position ever to play for the black and gold. But depth is a necessity and with Miller already having suffered one major knee injury, Pittsburgh can't be too careful. Lynch could be had in the fourth round, but has first-round size at 6-foot-5 and about 260 pounds, and would be a good long-term project for the Steelers.
Let this sink in for a minute ... the No. 2 receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers is Darrius Heyward-Bey. History has proven this isn't a good idea and the Steelers still need to upgrade at wideout after losing Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery during free agency. Antonio Brown is now a bona fide No. 1, but Oregon State's Brandin Cooks has all the skills to step right in the Steelers' offense and contribute.
Pittsburgh's run defense hasn't been the same since Casey Hampton retired. Hampton, who weighed somewhere between 300 pounds and a small car, plugged the middle and freed the middle linebackers to make tackles on inside runs, while the outside linebackers could keep their containment lanes. Nix would bring the beef back to Pittsburgh. At 330 pounds, he'll only get bigger and stronger in the NFL environment.
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