Pre-Draft Team Needs: Pittsburgh Steelers

Some familiar faces have returned to the Steelers. Larry Foote and Antwaan Randle El are back, but will Ben Roethlisberger eventually depart?

Players Added

Arnaz Battle/WR - He'll compete for a backup job at receiver and might get a chance to compete for the punt returner job.

Antwan Randle El/WR - He signed for big money back in 2006 with the Washington Redskins, but Randle El isn't a lock to make Pittsburgh's roster the second time around.

Jonathan Scott/RT - He'll back up starting RT Willie Colon, but Scott is also capable of playing on the left side.

Larry Foote/LB - He's back where it all started. However, Foote is likely to be a backup this time around with the Steelers.

Will Allen/S - The veteran safety will back up starter Ryan Clark while also seeing time on special teams.


Players Lost

Willie Parker/RB - The veteran back will compete for playing time with the Redskins. Parker's departure leaves a small depth issue at the position.

Carey Davis/FB - He wasn't tendered as a restricted free agent.

Santonio Holmes/WR - The team finally had enough of his off-the-field issues. Second-year WR Mike Wallace, who had a terrific rookie season, will move up to the starting lineup to replace him. Wallace still has to prove he can handle going against starting quality receivers each week.

Joey Galloway/WR - The veteran receiver turns 39 in November and may be at the end of the line of a solid career.

Darnell Stapleton/G - He was not tendered as a restricted free agent, but Stapleton has worked out for the New York Giants and New England Patriots in recent weeks.

Travis Kirschke/DE - There have been reports that he's expected to retire.

Rocky Boiman/LB - He's mostly a special teams player at this point in his career.

Deshea Townsend/CB - He fits in as a nickel back at this point in his career.

Tyrone Carter/S - Because of the injury issues last season for starting SS Troy Polamalu, Carter started 12 games and wound up playing in over 60 percent of the defensive snaps.


Pre-Draft Team Needs

Wide Receiver - With the trade of Holmes, that leaves a depth issue at this position. In addition, veteran WR Hines Ward turned 34 in March and the team needs to start looking for his eventual replacement.

Cornerback - Some personnel evaluators said that starting CB William Gay's play last year was a bit inconsistent. It remains to be seen if second-year CBs Keenan Lewis and Joe Burnett are ready to take a bigger step in their development. Lewis didn't play a snap on defense and Burnett played in less than five percent of the defensive snaps.

Quarterback - Because of the off-the-field history of starting QB Ben Roethlisberger, the team may want to select a developmental quarterback in this year's draft. 2008 fifth-round pick Dennis Dixon hasn't shown that he's ready to start at this point.


Other Issues to Address

Offensive Tackle Depth

Outside Linebacker Depth

Defensive End Depth

Guard Depth

Running Back Depth

Inside Linebacker Depth

Center Depth


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