Free Agency has basically come and gone and as a tradition the Steelers have been pretty quite with only adding former Packer Morgan Burnett to their roster. With the 2018 NFL Draft just around the corner here is a look at the Pittsburgh Steelers Team Needs heading into the Draft.
Pittsburgh Steelers Team Needs
Ryan Shazier has not disappointed since being selected in the first round giving the Steelers an athletic run and chase tackler but a neck injury that almost paralyzed him likely ends his career. Inside linebacker was going to be a need before the Shazier injury but makes it even more glaring.
The strong safety role is set for the Steelers as they like Sean Davis’ ability to play back in zone coverage and match up with receivers and tight ends and recently signed Morgan Burnett. Their need is at free safety where Mike Mitchell and Robert Golden have been released leaving a big void.
Pittsburgh once again franchised Le’Veon Bell but unless they sign him to a long term contract this is his final time for the franchise tag. James Conner has shown promise as a rookie but if Bell doesn’t sign long term the Steelers may look to draft their future Bell replacement.
Rumors of Roethlisberger retiring have been around for a couple of years and with his play slipping a bit the Steelers have to plan for the future. Landry Jones has filled in the past admirably but is considered a backup and not a potential franchise quarterback.
Despite having the 20th ranked rushing attack the Steelers offensive line is considered one of the three best units in the entire NFL. Super sub Chris Hubbard left the Steelers for division rival Cleveland forcing the Steelers to find another versatile lineman to fill his role.
Outside linebacker is one of Pittsburgh’s strengths having young talent in Alvin Dupree and TJ Watt who’ve they’ve spend first round picks on the past couple of years. With James Harrison gone the Steelers could look to add another young prospect with potential to develop behind Dupree and Watt.
The combination of Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and Javon Hargrave give the Steelers one of the best defensive lines in football. For as good as they are there is little to no depth behind the starters. Pittsburgh could look for a more traditional run stuffer or continue to accumulate athletic lineman.