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2014 NFL Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers’ 5 Dark Horse First-Round Targets

Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Dark Horse First-Round Targets in 2014 NFL Draft

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Approaching the NFL Draft, every fan, journalist, and draft pundit wants to think they have their fingers on the pulse of the team and can forecast what will ultimately transpire on draft day -- that's why we have mock drafts and hours upon hours of analysis, like what you're seeing here. However, teams can often stray from public perception as you'll see in this slideshow.

5. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

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5. Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

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It's no secret the Steelers need a wide receiver after losing Emmanuel Sanders to free agency and replacing him with Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey. Even with the presence of former Oregon State receiver Markus Wheaton, Pittsburgh could opt for his former teammate, Brandin Cooks, who's a potential game breaker when he gets in the open field.

4. Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

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4. Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

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The Steelers always seem to be having some kind of injury issue with their offensive line and, as we've seen in the recent past, it's always good to have quality line depth if you have hopes of keeping your QB upright. Martin may not have the highest ceiling of the offensive linemen, but he's very solid in his technique and offers tremendous versatility to play inside, as well.

3. Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

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3. Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

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The Steelers replaced one half of their familiar starting safety duo this off-season, when they signed Mike Mitchell to replace Ryan Clark. However, while the talk has quieted a bit lately, there were rumors about the Steelers parting with their heart and soul, Troy Polamalu. If Pittsburgh chooses to move on from Polamalu in the near future, Pryor would be a solid replacement candidate.

2. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

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2. Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

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Although there are many who don't believe Ebron will be available when the Steelers pick at 15, if he is, they'll have to give him serious consideration. Heath Miller has been the consummate professional for Pittsburgh, but is getting a little long in the tooth and, with their dearth at wideout, the Steelers could use a seam splitting weapon like Ebron to aid Ben Roethlisberger.

1. CJ Mosley, ILB, Alabama

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1. CJ Mosley, ILB, Alabama

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While Vince Williams filled in adequately last season at one of the two MLB spots in the Steelers 3-4, he's still very raw and some question what his upside ultimately is. Mosley may fall a bit due to how teams traditionally view the LB position, but the Steelers, who have become synonomous with great linebackers, could choose Mosley and give themselves a run stopping duo in the middle.