Post-Draft Review: Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers did a nice job of addressing most of their pre-draft needs. However, they need to start to develop insurance policies at quarterback and strong safety.

Pre-Draft Needs: C, G, DE, RB, OLB, WR, SS, QB

Players Added

Round 1-Maurkice Pouncey/C-G - The Steelers really needed to upgrade at C and RG. Pouncey is capable of playing either position, but his long-term position will likely be at center. However, this season, if starting C Justin Hartwig is healthy, Pouncey may wind up competing for playing time at RG against Trai Essex.

Round 2-Jason Worilds/LB - You're probably looking at one of the most underrated players coming out of this year's draft. Worilds, who showed tremendous athleticism during his NFL Combine workout, should easily be able to make the transition from playing DE in college to OLB in the NFL. He has one of the most explosive first steps of any player defensive player available for this year's draft.

Round 3-Emmanuel Sanders/WR - The small, but speedy wide receiver is capable of playing inside or on the outside as a receiver. So it will be interesting to see how the coaches use him this season. He also could challenge for playing time as a punt returner.

Round 4-Thaddeus Gibson/LB - While he performed well playing with his hand down in college, Gibson will move to OLB at the next level. Gibson moves well for his size, so he'll fit in well with Pittsburgh's 3-4 defensive scheme.

Round 5-Chris Scott/OT - Scott played left tackle in college, but has the size potential to play inside. Because Pittsburgh lacks enough quality backup linemen, Scott has a legitimate chance to make their 53-man roster.

Round 5-Crezdon Butler/CB - Butler, who doesn't possess top-end speed, figures to compete for a dime role or as the team's fifth cornerback in training camp.

Round 5-Stevenson Sylvester/LB - Sylvester has a small frame, so he's going to have to get stronger physically in order to win a backup job coming out of training camp.

Round 6-Jonathan Dwyer/RB - It was a surprise that Dwyer fell this far, but he's going to have a chance to make the team despite being a late-round pick. The expectation is that Pittsburgh will go back to more power running this season considering they will be without their starting quarterback for at least the first four regular season games. Dwyer, who is powerfully built, will fit in well with the Steelers. He'll eventually be starting RB Rashard Mendenhall's backup.

Round 6-Antonio Brown/WR - Brown, while he doesn't possess ideal speed, is known in scouting circles to have really good hands. He does a nice job of coming back to the ball and is a good route runner. He projects to play the slot at the NFL level.

Round -/Doug Worthington/DL - He has the size to make the transition from playing tackle in college to end at the next level. Worthington will likely challenge for a roster spot as the team's fourth or fifth end.

Post-Draft Needs

Defensive End - Some personnel evaluators believe 2009 first-round pick Ziggy Hood is better off playing tackle in a 4-3 rather than end in a 3-4. It remains to be seen if the Steelers have veteran DE Aaron Smith's eventual replacement. Smith, who turned 34 last month, has missed 16 games over the past three seasons.

Strong Safety - There are few better difference makers at the safety position than Troy Polamalu. But the impact defender has missed 19 games over the past four seasons. Pittsburgh would be smart to get some quality insurance for the 29-year old strong safety. The Colts are going through a similar issue with SS Bob Sanders.

Quarterback - Starting QB Ben Roethlisberger could be one more off-the-field issue away from being suspended for a year, so the Steelers would be wise to start developing a younger signal caller for the future.

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