The Pittsburgh Steelers have struggled the past couple of years following their prominence and somewhat dominance of the AFC. Ben Roethlisberger has regressed and hasn’t been able to consistently stay healthy, but despite their faults, the Steelers were a bad call away from making the playoffs last season after finishing the season on an 8-4 run.
Pittsburgh has a ways to go to climb back into AFC prominence, but they are getting there. This is still a well-coached team with key players at key positions returning. With another solid draft, I think Pittsburgh can sneak back into the thick of that AFC North race and make the playoffs in 2014.
- S Ryan Clark (Redskins)
- WR Jerricho Cotchery (Panthers)
- WR Emmanuel Sanders (Broncos)
- DE/LB LaMarr Woodley (Raiders)
- DL Ziggy Hood (Jaguars)
- RB Jonathan Dwyer (Cardinals)
- TE David Johnson (Chargers)
- NT Al Woods (Titans)
- LB Larry Foote (released)
- OT Levi Brown (released)
- CB Curtis Brown (waived)
- CB Brice McCain (Texans)
- S Michael Mitchell (Panthers)
- RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots)
- LB Arthur Moats (Bills)
- WR Lance Moore (Saints)
- OT Guy Whimper (re-signed)
- NT Cam Thomas (Chargers)
- S Will Allen (re-signed)
- DE/LB Jason Worilds (transition tag)
Steelers Team Needs
Ike Taylor appears to be regressing and the Steelers need some new blood on the outside. I fully expect them to use a high pick or two on this position.
2. Wide Receiver
Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, and Jerricho Cotchery are all now gone. The Steelers still have Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton but they could stand to bring in a young playmaker with some size.
3. Defensive Line
Ziggy Hood wasn’t great this past season, and they let him go to Jacksonville. This is an area they will likely address early on.
4. Inside Linebacker
5. Offensive Tackle
6. Tight End
3 (97) – compensatory