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Pittsburgh Steelers host Alabama DT A'Shawn Robinson for official pre-draft visit

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The Pittsburgh Steelers continue their pre-draft visit schedule by hosting A'Shawn Robinson, DT from the University of Alabama.

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The gaping hole along the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line is noticeable even from the laymen's point of view. With Steve McLendon gone via free agency to the New York Jets, the only experienced defensive linemen the Steelers have on their roster are Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, Daniel McCullers, L.T. Walton and recently signed Ricardo Mathews. That's it.

Because of this, it should come as a shock to no one the team is looking at the upcoming NFL Draft to fill the void along the defensive line. The player they are hosting Tuesday at the team's facility would certainly be a tremendous stop-gap all along the 3-4 defensive front.

A'Shawn Robinson of Alabama is projected to be a first round talent, and most see him being selected prior to the Steelers picking at No. 25, but his talent would be a huge boost to the Steelers defense. Robinson not only can play all three positions in the 3-4 defense, a defense he knows well from his days under Nick Saban with the Crimson Tide, but he can also play the down linemen positions in the Steelers' many sub-packages.

The Steelers will likely bring in many other defensive linemen between now and the Draft, but Robinson was the first at the position to spend time at Steelers' headquarters.