2014 NFL Draft Order: Steelers picking 13 heading into final week

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

While the final draft order has not yet been set for the non-playoff teams, should the Steelers lose to Cleveland, or win while failing to qualify for the postseason, they will know their draft pick this evening.

Heading into Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, the Pittsburgh Steelers are slated to select at No. 13 overall.

They sit at 7-8, with the opportunity to either duplicate last year's .500 mark, or to slip to 7-9, enduring their first losing season in 10 years.

The 13th pick is quite possibly the most demonstrative position of hit and miss for the Steelers. They selected Penn State running back (and Immaculate Receptor) Franco Harris in 1972, but foolishly took Troy Edwards in 1999, one of the shining examples of this team's futility in the late 90s.

The Steelers have never drafted at No. 14, and recently selected Lawrence Timmons with the 15th overall pick in 2007, after an 8-8 season in 2006. The team traded up with Kansas City for the 16th pick of the 2003 draft, selecting Troy Polamalu.

That worked out well for Pittsburgh.

The Steelers have had the 17th pick in the draft three times since 1981, including last year, when they took outside linebacker Jarvis Jones.

While it's no guarantee, 8-8 teams tend to draft somewhere around 15-18, depending on the rest of the league as well as strength of schedule. The Steelers could go anywhere from eight to 14, depending on a variety of outcomes and shifting strength of schedule figures.

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