Here’s a 2014 NFL Mock Draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In this mock draft, they upgrade the defense tremendously.
#15 – Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
The Steelers have major issues in their secondary, and they desperately need to cover the pass in 2014. I expect Dennard to play big at the next level – he should be a perfect fit in a Pittsburgh defense.
#46 – Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
Crichton is a guy who will be welcomed with open arms in Pittsburgh. The defensive end spot on the depth chart isn’t where it needs to be heading into the 2014 season, so I expect the Steelers to address the need early in the draft.
#97 – Louchiez Purifoy, CB, Florida
Purifoy is ranked a bit lower than this on many boards, but I believe the former Gator will have a chance to be very successful in the NFL. The Steelers need help in the secondary, as we already said, and I wouldn’t be shocked if they doubled-up with this pick.
#118 – Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia
Heath Miller is becoming a very risky option for the Steelers, and they could use an upgrade from their current backups. In fact, Lynch may be able to make an impact right away – he’s definitely an underrated prospect.
#157 – Justin Britt, OT, Missouri
Britt will be another prospect who will be a welcomed sight for everyone involved. We all know that the Steelers offensive line can’t stay healthy – this pick helps the coaching staff sleep a bit better at night.
#173 – Charles Leno, OL, Fresno State
Copy and paste from previous selection here. The interior offensive line depth chart is a bit scary for the coaches in Steel Town – after these two picks, things get much clearer.
#192 – Jalen Saunders, WR, Oklahoma
The Steelers signed Lance Moore and Darius Heyward-Bey earlier in the off-season, but I’m not so sure that they’re done adding weapons for Ben Roethlisberger. Saunders is lightning quick and if he makes the roster, he might be a scary threat for other teams around the AFC North.
#215 – Kerry Hyder, DT, Texas Tech
Depth is needed here, and Hyder can provide that. If newly-acquired Cam Thomas or Steve McLendon gets hurt, the team is pretty weak when it comes to backups.
#230 – LaDarius Perkins, RB, Mississippi State
Perkins is one of my biggest sleepers in this draft. The Steelers could use a solid third RB option on the roster, and Perkins is a guy who, don’t look now, but could become one of the better backs in the AFC North in a few years.