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NFL Combine Set to Overtake the Focus for the Pittsburgh Steelers

February 19th, 2014 at 10:01 PM
By Mark Mihalko

Now that the NFL Combine is upon us, it is time for Steelers_101 to start diving into NFL Draft mode. As we did last offseason, we plan to profile all visitors to the Pittsburgh Steelers complex, as well as focus on players that the team may be interested in. We also plan on expanding our draft coverage by adding mock drafts, as well as profiles on top players at each position.

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While these are plans for the near future, it is virtually impossible to project what position any team will select until the start of the free agency period, when the real offseason moves begin. Until then, it is all speculation. With that educated guess, the Steelers will likely select a wide receiver in the first round.

However, there really is no clear-cut direction for the team to go early in the draft. They could seriously go with the best available athlete that fits their systems at any position and it would be a perfect selection. Of course, the NFL Combine will play a huge role in the evaluation process, and that annual event starts Thursday in Indianapolis.

During the weekend, there are a lot of players that the Steelers should keep an eye on. However, their positional grades may be more important. For a team that has multiple needs on both sides of the ball, they could honestly go any direction, and this would be the year to abide by the best player available (BPA) thought process.

As has been mentioned by many, including general manager Kevin Colbert this installment of the NFL Draft has an incredible amount of depth. Even NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock, who is one of the better talent evaluators in the field, believes it is the best of the past decade.  For the Steelers, they need to come up big, especially as they attempt to rebuild their once proud defense with limited salary cap space.


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