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Poor Defensive Play Masks Steelers Other Pressing Draft Need

I am just as upset as anyone else about the Steelers' defensive self-destruction in the absence of Safety Troy Polamalu last season, but for different reasons than most.  While I do think that the Steelers need to address their defensive woes with a shut-down corner or safety in the upcoming draft, I've seen a far more disturbing trend in the Steelers stat books in the last few seasons, and most notably last season itself.

Thirty-First.  It's a rank to which no team aspires, and that was the rank of the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line last season.  While it is true the Steelers won the Super Bowl in 2008, with an equally porous line, if you ask anyone with any NFL know how, they will tell you that it was a paradox.  In 2009, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was sacked 50 times.  While I do agree that Ben holds the ball FAR too long, I also feel that Ben is not going to change.  With that said, I feel that the Steelers should do everything that they can (whether it be trading up, or, hopefully, if a prospect falls to them), to draft a rock solid offensive linemen.  This would enable Ben (or whomever the quarterback is), plenty of time to throw.  The two prospects I would nab, if available, would either be Iowa's Bryan Bulaga, or Idaho's Mike Iupati.


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