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    Default Draft Watch: AFC North... Steelers

    Draft Watch: AFC North
    February, 24, 2010
    By James Walker

    [HIGH-LIGHT]Pittsburgh Steelers[/HIGH-LIGHT]

    Busts: Similar to the Ravens, the Steelers do not make a lot of mistakes at the top of the draft. Six of Pittsburgh's past seven first-round picks are starters. That includes quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, safety Troy Polamalu, receiver Santonio Holmes and tailback Rashard Mendenhall. Pittsburgh has had some issues in the second round. In 2008, the Steelers were hoping Limas Sweed could be the big receiver they were looking for, but that hasn't panned out. In 2004, second-round cornerback Ricardo Colclough had zero starts in four years before being released.

    Gems: Last year's third-round pick Mike Wallace already is a significant addition to Pittsburgh's offense. His deep speed was needed, and he had 39 receptions for 756 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie. Pittsburgh also has been fortunate to find starting offensive linemen late in the draft. Offensive tackle Willie Colon and guard Chris Kemoeatu were taken in the fourth and sixth rounds, respectively. Dennis Dixon, who was taken in the fifth round in 2008, also could develop into a solid backup quarterback.

    Biggest Needs: Just one year removed from winning a Super Bowl, the Steelers do not have a lot of major needs. But a 9-7 season exposed some weaknesses with Pittsburgh, and cornerback is probably the biggest. William Gay was not ready to make the jump to a full-time starter in 2009. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, there are not a lot of corners with first-round grades thus far, although that may change after the combine and individual workouts.

    The status of Pro Bowl nose tackle and pending free agent Casey Hampton is another issue. The Steelers could use the franchise tag to keep Hampton for at least another year while they try to find a replacement. Defensive tackle Dan Williams from the University of Tennessee would be an enticing draft option in the first round. Depth on the offensive line is also needed.

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    Default Re: Draft Watch: AFC North... Steelers

    That to me still says, in rounds 1 through 7: OL; CB or S; S or CB, DL or ILB, RB/WR, blocking TE, blocking FB.

    I would use whatever "comp picks" the Steelrs receive to draft another O or D lineman or possibly a LB, depending on the available talent and when they choose.

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    Default Re: Draft Watch: AFC North... Steelers

    As far as a TE, I'd love to see the Steelers add Dorin Dickerson. The guy can block as his efforts against Jean-Paul Francis indicate, plus, he has great hands and WR speed. He has played LB and would kill on special teams. He is a very versitile guy, who would allow us to get rid of Spaeth. He is my must get guy this draft. Hell with his speed and athletic ability, he could probably play saftey and CB as well.
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