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ESPN Draft Guru Mel Kiper Has the Pittsburgh Steelers Selecting a Nose Tackle in Round One

January 15th, 2014 at 11:00 PM
By Mark Mihalko
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a lot of needs moving toward 2014 and very little salary cap room to deal with them. Plus, as fans know, signing free agents is not the Steeler Way. Instead, they will focus they attention on the NFL Draft.
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Of course, because of all the holes they must fill, early projections for this year's draft have already been all over the bored. Some pundits have the Steelers taking a nose tackle, while others a cornerback or wide receiver. There are even some that have them  taking an inside linebacker or offensive lineman,  honestly, no one has a clue at this point.
 
The latest to cause a stir was the projections of ESPN Draft Guru Mel Kiper Jr. In his first mock draft of 2014, Kiper. Has the Steelers selecting Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III. While this selection would make sense, as the team could use a run stuffer, with his athleticism, it is hard to imagine him being available at number 15.
 
With so many holes to fill, it is likely the Steelers go back to their best player available recipe that made them successful in the previous decade.  If that is the case, one of the the big, impact wide receivers makes more sense than a nose tackle, although, if they do not re-sign Al Woods, they may be forced to draft for need.
 
At this point, we here at Steelers 101 are just finishing up their preliminary draft preps. Stay tuned for further updates and our detailed Steelers pre-draft and draft coverage.
 
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