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2013 Steelers Draft Prospects: Individual scouting reports for possible targets at No. 17

The Steelers are coming off a disappointing 8-8 season, but they've rebounded well in the past drafting around the middle portion of the draft following disappointing seasons.

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Is Tyler Eifert the next Heath Miller?

Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert draws favorable comparisons to Pittsburgh's Heath Miller, and while he's a solid prospect, he's not as explosive as some say he is.

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Steelers host three more, including CB Will Davis

Will Davis has bounced around between multiple college teams, and the inexperienced but physically gifted cornerback fits the mold of recent Steelers cornerback draft picks.

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Steelers Draft Visits: Heavy on linebackers early

There are reports of 13 different draft-eligible players having visited with the Steelers over the last week. The vast majority are linebackers, and with 17 picks left, the Steelers could be showing their intentions for this draft.

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Steelers host prospects and free agents Monday

A trio of productive and talented linebacker draft prospects visited Pittsburgh Tuesday in wake of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Steelers also met with versatile interior offensive linemen Antoine Caldwell, formerly of the Houston Texans.

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Mid-round target John Simon highlights visits

The Steelers hosted three players in wake of the 2013 NFL Draft, with more to come.

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Steelers Draft Prospects: "The Judge" Arthur Brown

With Sean Spence's future still in question the Steelers re-signed Larry Foote as a stop gap for their buck ILB position. It wouldn't be out of the question that the Steelers still consider an ILB prospect early in the draft. Arthur Brown might be one of those prospects. Prior to his Pro Day the Steelers reportedly met extensively with Brown over dinner. The following is a breakdown of Arthur Browns' strengths and weaknesses.

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NFL Draft Prospects: Offensive guard

Few could have predicted the Steelers' selection of OG David DeCastro with the 24th overall pick in 2012. Now, at 17, there are a few outstanding guard prospects who may be available when the Steelers go on the clock.

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NFL Draft Prospects by Position: Offensive Tackles

The Steelers have gone heavy with tackles in the draft the last few years, but depth is important at a position that sees injuries frequently - both recent second round picks, Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams, ended up on the IR last year.

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NFL Draft Prospects by Position: wide receivers

Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson headlines a quality receiver draft class, but there's still a lot of talent behind him as well.

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NFL Draft Prospects by Position: Quarterbacks

The injuries suffered by Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger in recent years has to give the Steelers at least some uneasiness. The fact they don't have any back-ups currently signed to the 2013 roster is something that will change through maybe both free agency and the draft.

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NFL Draft Prospects by Position: Running back

The Steelers could let some combination of Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman and Rashard Mendenhall walk this year. Odds are good they'll be taking a close look at several draft-eligible running backs. Here are the best prospects available in this year's draft.

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Steelers chance to field hugely athletic OL

Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson put up one of the most athletic Combine performances among offensive linemen in recent memory. The Steelers have been adding athleticism to its offensive line over the last few years, and the idea of adding Johnson at left tackle is an intriguing possibility, despite other needs.

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NFL Draft Prospects: The Other Georgia Linebacker

Cornelius Washington absolutely blew up the combine and put himself on the radar of every team looking for an outside linebacker for their 3-4 defense. Weighing in at the combine as a rock-solid 6-foot-4 and 265-pounds, Washington smoked the other linebackers in the bench press with 36 reps of 225-pounds. He also went on to run a 4.55 in the 40 yard dash with an impressive 10 yard split of 1.60.

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Walter Stewart, the draft's best kept secret

Cincinnati outside linebacker Walter Stewart carries high risk to go with his high level of potential. The Steelers are in need of pass rushing help, and Stewart, despite a medical issue, could give it to them as a low draft pick or even as a UDFA.

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Denard Robinson watched film of Antwaan Randle El

One of the more famous quarterback-turned-receivers in recent NFL Draft memory is former Steelers WR Antwaan Randle El. One can see a lot of Randle El in Michigan QB/WR Denard Robinson. He planned it to be that way.

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John Cyprien works in or out of the box

The Steelers have two safeties who are over 30 years old with no replacement on the roster. Both Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu missed at least one game in the 2012 season. The Steelers could look to the 2013 Draft for a eventual replacement. John Cyprien could be that guy. While some have pegged him as an in the box safety I don't think that is accurate to his play.

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Steelers Draft Prospects: WR Cordarrelle Patterson

Pittsburgh's salary cap situation means that Mike Wallace is likely to be on another team in 2013. In the Draft the Steelers could look for another play making wide receiver at No. 17. Cordarrelle Patterson might be the answer. Possessing good size, speed and quickness Patterson made plays whenever he touched the football. Breaking down his play, we analyze Patterson's pro prospects.

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Breaking down draft prospect Dion Jordan with GIFs

Having witnessed a significant drop in sacks over the last two years, the Steelers may have both the necessity and the luxury of taking a high-end pass rusher with the 17th overall pick in the upcoming draft. Oregon's Dion Jordan oozes with potential, but still could find himself on the board when the Steelers are up.

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Manti Te'o can play now, but will he improve much?

Putting aside the off-the-field weirdness that now accompanies Manti Te'o, he's as pro-ready as any player in the draft. The question is how high is his ceiling? He's a tackling machine, but is that worth the 17th pick in the draft?

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2013 Steelers Draft Prospects stream

The Steelers are coming off a disappointing 8-8 season, but they've rebounded well in the past drafting around the middle portion of the draft following disappointing seasons.

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Ogletree shares similar concerns as Timmons did

A great prospect, Georgia's Alec Ogletree has outstanding tools, but where he is physically does not match where he is mentally now. An outstanding project with loads of upside, he doesn't use all of his ideal frame to tackle. When he learns how to do it, though, he could be a great player.

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Matt Elam an able tackler, maybe not a willing one

Safeties are often the physical catalysts of a team's defense. Often brash and aggressive, they are key contributors in run defense. While Florida's Matt Elam has outstanding physical skill, reviewing his film in 2012 begs the question about how interested he is in hitting as opposed to attempting to make plays.

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Jarvis Jones, top 5 ability, top 17 question marks

Georgia's dominant outside linebacker Jarvis Jones brings with him mammoth college numbers despite a narrow spinal column. His injury could be enough to send him far enough down for the Steelers to take a chance on him.

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2013 Steelers Draft Prospects: Versatile Vaccaro

Texas's sub-package dynamic safety can play multiple roles among any defense, and shows natural instincts and athleticism in all phases of the game.

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2013 Steelers Draft: Mingo unreachable at 17

LSU's dynamic and explosive edge rusher Barkevious Mingo makes up for a slightish frame with explosive athleticism and passion for the game. Even the most optimistic Steelers fans will struggle to find a scenario in which he falls to 17, but he may be someone they should consider targeting in a trade-up situation.

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Oregon's Jordan a much rawer version of Matthews

The upside to Oregon's Dion Jordan is outstanding, but it doesn't appear he would contribute much in Year 1. Whether that matters is up for debate but Jordan looks like a rawer version of Green Bay's Clay Matthews.

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Is Ezekiel the Ansah? Not likely at 17

For as impressive a player BYU's Ezekiel Ansah is, he's a better athlete, and that combination doesn't wait 16 picks to be taken in the NFL draft. The Steelers likely would be happy to take him at 17, but he isn't likely to fall that far, particularly after what's expected to be a very impressive Combine performance.

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Hankins would make three years in a row with OSU

Not that it's fair to compare either of the Ohio State players the Steelers have selected in the first two rounds of the last two drafts. Cameron Heyward (first round, 2011) and Mike Adams (second round, 2012) have nothing to do with Johnathan Hankins' prospective first round pick, but the Steelers can't seem to ignore former Ohio State players.

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