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Steelers News: How high should the defensive line be on the Steelers’ NFL draft needs list?

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Time to check on the latest news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ season is over, but if you think the news surrounding the black-and-gold is over — think again. For the drama-filled Steelers, things are just heating up, and this is where the daily links article comes in. You might have missed some key news, and we fill you in and give you the latest, and sometimes greatest, news surrounding the Steelers.

Today in the Black-and-gold links article we take a look at whether the Steelers should start to consider drafting some depth along the defensive line in the upcoming 2019 NFL Draft.

Let’s get to the news:

  • Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt and Javon Hargrave make up one of the best 3-4 defensive lines in football, but would it be smart for the team to target the position for depth purposes in the draft?

NFL Draft: Defensive line might be of interest

By: Dale Lolley, DKPittsburghSports

In fact, you could make the argument the starting defensive line is one of the strengths of the team. In Tuitt, fellow defensive end Cameron Heyward and nose tackle Javon Hargrave, the Steelers have three very good players up front around whom to build their defense.

In fact, Hargrave had something of a breakout season in 2018, recording 49 tackles and 6.5 sacks from the nose tackle position, showing he’s the long-term answer there.

But the 26-year-old also has just one season remaining on his current contract and the Steelers, despite re-signing veterans Tyson Alualu and Daniel McCullers, are lacking depth at a position where they typically keep six players.

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  • With the vast majority of the fan base talking about Steven Nelson, Joe Haden, Mike Hilton and even Cam Sutton, don’t forget about Brian Allen.

Allen focused on a tough task

By: Teresa Varley, Steelers.com

When Brian Allen said the most important things for him to do this offseason was to get quicker and faster, the question had to be expected.

How do you accomplish that?

Allen laughed, knowing saying getting quicker and faster is easy to say, but not necessarily the easiest thing to do.

“I went back to California and worked with my trainer,” said Allen. “Work on getting in and out of breaks faster. A lot of band work, resistance work, jump rope work. Things to get my lower body stronger and keep my pad level down.

“I need to work on my strengths, my physical side. Just getting quicker and faster. Doing the things that set me apart. Show my skill set that is different than the other guys we have.”

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The Baltimore Ravens aren’t known for their offense, or their receivers, but it doesn’t stop them from adding at the position.

Roundup: WR Seth Roberts signs with Ravens

By: Herbie Teope, NFL.com

A day after being released by the Oakland Raiders, Roberts signed a one-year deal, pending a physical, with the Baltimore Ravens, the team announced. ESPN first reported the news.

Whether he meets the criteria of the Ravens taking at-bats and swinging at the wide receiver spot remains to be seen, but there’s little arguing Roberts lands in a good spot with an opportunity for playing time.

After parting ways with Michael Crabtree and watching John Brown sign with the Buffalo Billsduring free agency, the Ravens have a clear need at a position currently led by Willie Snead and Chris Moore. Baltimore also has a pair of 2018 draft picks in Jordan Lasley and Jaleel Scott returning.

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  • Some other NFL transactions which took place recently, one including a Pitt product who spent training camp with the Steelers in 2018.

Around the League

By: Herbie Teope, NFL.com

Here are other transactions we’re monitoring from Friday:

1. The Oakland Raiders announced the signing of safety Jordan Richards on Friday afternoon. Terms were not disclosed. Richards is a four-year vet who played 2018 with the Falcons, making a career-high 12 starts.

2. The Cleveland Browns signed receiver Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi. This will be the wideout’s first NFL job.

3. The Chicago Bears announced the signing of exclusive rights player Rashaad Coward, an offensive lineman, on Friday.

4. The New York Jets claimed former Giants wide receiver Quadree Henderson off waivers. Henderson did not catch a pass last year as a rookie but returned 14 punts and kickoffs. The Panthers also put in a claim for him, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source.

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