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Defensive athletes added may not cure Steelers woes, but it's at least a start

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Gerry Dulac of the Post Gazette met with Bleacher Report's Adam Lefkoe to discuss the impact of the defensive athletic playmakers the Steelers added in free agency and the draft.

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One draft may not make a team immediately on a Super Bowl level, it can certainly reveal the internal vision of that team.

Gerry Dulac of the Post Gazette spoke with Bleacher Report's Adam Lefkoe about the Steelers' draft, particularly the additions made to the team's front seven.

"I don't think there's any question that was their intention," Dulac said when asked if the Steelers fortified much of their defensive front seven for years to come. "The two things the Steelers wanted to address in this draft, pressuring the quarterback, which leads to taking the ball away."

The Steelers have ranked near the bottom in the NFL in takeaways over the last three seasons, and the team's 104 sacks from 2011-13 are in the bottom half of the league.

The selection of Ryan Shazier and Stephon Tuitt in the first two rounds gives them athletic playmakers on defense. Coupling that with a significant upgrade in athleticism at the free safety position, the Steelers have become a much more defensively flexible team.

Whether that suggests there's optimism surrounding the notion of the Steelers returning to the 48 sacks and 35 takeaways they had in 2010, their last season with a playoff victory is still up for debate, but it can't be argued the Steelers failed to address the issue, considering the particular skill sets of the players they've brought in since the end of the 2013 season.