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How have the Steelers team needs changed prior to the NFL Draft?

The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team with several team needs heading into the NFL Draft, but what positional needs have changed after free agency?

2021 NFL Draft Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for the 2023 NFL Draft, and this after a very active first stint in NFL Free Agency. During the first wave of the free agency period the Steelers have made several moves.

Players added:

  • Patrick Peterson
  • Nate Herbig
  • Isaac Seumalo
  • Larry Ogunjobi
  • Damontae Kazee
  • Le’Raven Clark
  • Keanu Neal
  • Breiden Fehoko
  • Cole Holcomb
  • Elandon Roberts

Players lost:

  • Cameron Sutton
  • Steven Sims
  • Terrell Edmunds
  • Trent Scott
  • Devin Bush
  • Robert Spillane
  • Malik Reed

The Steelers typically like to cross off all proverbial boxes of need prior to the draft, and most would assume the team has done just that with the draft just a few weeks away.

It is at this time though when it is important to talk about team needs after free agency ahead of the 3-day selection process. ESPN recently talked about team needs, and identified the Top 5 team needs for all 32 teams. What position to they have atop the list? Check it out below, as well as their reasoning for their picks.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Top needs: RT, WR, ILB, CB, NB

The Steelers’ first pick is at No. 17 overall and could go in many directions. Right tackle is a clear need, and Tennessee’s Darnell Wright has good value at that spot. He’s a fantastic run-blocker.

The defensive depth chart is full of short-term fixes and future needs. A best available at cornerback can’t be ruled out, with 32-year-old Patrick Peterson and 27-year-old Levi Wallace slotted into starting roles. And while linebacker isn’t a likely Round 1 pick, having Elandon Roberts and Cole Holcomb penciled in as starters leaves room for upgrades. Additionally, adding another receiver would be a very Steelers-like pick, as Diontae Johnson and George Pickens could use another running mate.

So, now it’s your turn. Where do you have the Steelers team needs heading into the draft? Let us know your Top 5 team needs in the comment section below, but also let us know what position ranks No. 1 in the poll below:

Poll

Which position is atop the Steelers team need list heading into the draft?

This poll is closed

  • 39%
    OT
    (431 votes)
  • 11%
    DL
    (124 votes)
  • 1%
    WR
    (16 votes)
  • 1%
    Safety
    (14 votes)
  • 4%
    ILB
    (51 votes)
  • 1%
    EDGE/OLB
    (14 votes)
  • 1%
    Center
    (14 votes)
  • 38%
    CB
    (423 votes)
  • 0%
    Other
    (7 votes)
1094 votes total Vote Now

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