2014 NFL Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers' 1st Round Prediction

By Jeff Hartman
Darqueze Dennard
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On Thursday, May 8, the 2014 NFL Draft will be center stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The first round will be must-watch television for the diehard NFL fan, and for the Pittsburgh Steelers selecting 15th overall, there are a lot of questions surrounding this draft.

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said that a lot of what the team does will depend on who is available when they are “on the clock”. However, he did say that trading back in the draft was a legitimate option if the deal was right but still mentioned how there were at least 15 players that they liked enough to pick at the 15th spot in the draft.

It’s no secret the Steelers need defense, and they need to find a cornerback who will be ready to play a large role on special teams as well as in sub package football with multiple defensive backs on the field. With the marquee wide receivers gone before the Steelers make their first-round selection, they will have a pick of defensive players to help the unit get back to the top of the NFL.

Some experts are suggesting Justin Gilbert from Oklahoma State to fall to the Steelers at 15, but I don’t see him getting past the Detroit Lions. More NFL teams will be looking for a quarterback in this draft than people expect, and because of that, cornerbacks will filter their way down the draft board.

With the 15th selection in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Steelers will select Darqueze Dennard of Michigan State. Dennard will help fill in the hole that an aging Ike Taylor is leaving behind and hopefully be an anchor in the defensive backfield for years to come.

As the Steelers’ defense morphs from old and slow to young and inexperienced, count Dennard as a key cog in those plans.

Jeff Hartman covers the Pittsburgh Steelers for RantSports.com and also contributes for the Penguins and Pirates. Follow him on Twitter @BnGBlitz and add him on Google+.

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