The Steelers defense will look a bit different this season, with the losses of outside linebacker James Harrison and nose tackle Casey Hampton. With free agency having cooled off a bit for Pittsburgh, heading into the draft, here's a projection of how their defensive depth chart may look heading into April's Draft.
Left defensive end
Right defensive end
The Steelers have addressed the defensive end position considerably over the last few years, and this appears to be how they'll head into the draft. No moves here are expected, but an addition or subtraction isn't out of the question.
This position is likely to be addressed in the draft. McLendon was given an original round tender/right of first refusal in restricted free agency, and is expected to start, as of now.
Left outside linebacker
Right outside linebacker
While they have players under contract at this spot, every one of them is, at best, questionable for one reason or another. The injury concerns for Woodley, Worilds and Carter are the most prominent. This could be a spot they look to add to in the draft.
Left inside linebacker
Right inside linebacker
The team signed Foote to a three-year deal this offseason, but future depth at this spot is a pressing need. Expect a draft pick or maybe more at this spot.
The Steelers brought King in this offseason, and he could be expected to compete for dime duties. There's likely a cut coming at this spot, but as the adage goes, you can never have too many cornerbacks.
Clark is entering the final year of his contract, and Golden played a bit at the end of last season. He won't unseat Clark, barring injury or release, but he's an intriguing player to watch in training camp. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the team address both positions in the draft.