The Steelers have glaring needs to fill at corner, receiver and on the defensive line, all of which should be addressed in the first four rounds of the 2014 NFL draft.
That left one possible wild-card round, which could have been used to find a franchise left tackle, bolster the team’s depth and provide long-term stability at outside linebacker, or find an immediate starter and significant upgrade at inside linebacker.
They filled the latter on that list by drafting Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier to team with Lawrence Timmons in what should quickly emerge as one of the NFL’s better inside linebacker duos.
Unfortunately, the Steelers are unlikely to now find immediate help at corner in any round this weekend and must now draft a project or two at that spot with hopes of that player contributing in 2015.
On the plus-side, though, Pittsburgh can get a 1st-round talent in the 2nd-round to fill one of their other major needs in tonight’s NFL draft. Accordingly, here are players and positions the Steelers should be targeting at No. 46 overall and who they should avoid picking at that spot: