Projected FA activity:
Re-sign Keyaron Fox as ILB depth. This gives you Foote, Timmons, Sylvester, Fox at ILB.
Re-sign Cotchery or some other Vet WR.
Sign some older vet at CB for depth. (Anthony Madison?)
Sign Owen Schmitt at FB
Wallace signs long term deal.
NT – Need future starter, Roster spot open (Hoke). Al Woods might be part of the competition here.
DE – Backup roster spot open (Smith). Any player picked would compete with Woods, Bryant for 7th (or 8th) D-line spot.
OLB – Need a guy to compete with Carter for last backup role
ILB – Could use a rookie to replace Foote/Fox in 2013. Probably one roster spot between ILB and OLB.
S – Could use a potential starter as Clark, Polamalu are 30+. Backups are good. Not a priority and not a strong safety class.
CB – 2 Open roster spots for backups. (Gay, BMac), one projected taken by a vet FA.
WR – Open roster spot (Ward) for backup.
TE – Could potentially want a guy with Saunders suspension and to compete with Johnson.
OT – Need quality depth. Backup roster spot open (Starks). Trevis Turner in the mix.
OG – Need 1 guy to compete to start in 2012, need 1 more for depth to compete with the C.Scott et al. on the roster. (1-2 Roster spots open)
C – No needs. Preferably Legursky is gameday backup for interior line again.
FB – Open competition, picked up that guy at WVU pro day and project Schmitt signing. Maybe Clay in the mix here too.
RB – Could use another late round body to compete. Roster full of dinged up guys and Mendenhall entering contract year. Probably 4 spots with FB back in the mix.
QB – 2 backup roles to be filled, 2 young guys on the roster as long shots and camp arms, could use another late rounder to compete.
Projected gone: Kuechly, DeCastro, top 4 OT’s ( Adams, Reiff, Martin, Kalil)
Poe –As a boom/bust player he’s simply not a first round Steeler.
Cordy Glenn – One of the top Guards but not substantially better than the next couple guys. Probably the first option here.
Hightower – Replacement for Farrior, is he a coverage liability? Probably second option based on comparative need.
Melvin Ingram – Tempting for use as OLB or Kirkland 2.0 but both are lower priorities. Special player without a clear-cut roster spot.
Mark Barron – Tempting but this year there are more pressing positions. In a more typical year he might be the Steeler guy – quality player for a slot that will open in a few years.
Decision point: Glenn is not so much better than guys that could be picked up a few picks later on. Let’s say Miami passes on Tannehill at #8 and thinks he’s good value at #24. They make a trade to move back into the first:
1.24 (740 pts) traded for 2.10 (480 pts) and 3.9 (230pts) and we swap our 6.24 for their 5.10 to even it out.
2.10 Kelechi Osemele, ISU – OG/RT: Dominant talent, should compete at OG in the first year and could slide to RT in coming years or whenever Colon self destructs. (whichever comes first) Zeitler maybe an option here as well. Pick should be high enough to get one of the second (not DeCastro) tier of guards.
2.24 Alameda Ta’Amu, WAS –NT: Talented and proven at a high level. Has the low and wide physique needed. Has question marks but appropriate risk reward for second round.
3.9 Amini Silotolu, MW ST – OG: High upside prospect with mean streak.
3.24 Mitchell Schwartz, CAL – OT: Talented player with very high upside. Productive in College and looked good in senior bowl.
4.24 Tank Carder, TCU – ILB: Playmaker, good coverage skills, good instincts. He should be Special Teams beast in year 1.
5.10 Justin Bethel, Presbyterian – CB: Raw prospect with upside will have time to develop.
5.24 Greg Childs, ARK –WR: Burner who is probably discounted since coming off an injury.
7.24 Kyle Wilbur,WF – OLB: Small school player who lit up the shrine game. Will need time to transition on the practice squad.
7B Case Keenum, HOU – QB: Incredibly productive QB with game management skills and accuracy.
7C Derek Moye, PSU – WR: Moye is worth a flyer here with his height and potential upside.
7D Matt Conrath, UVA – DE: Project to add to depth at DE