The Steelers have drafted more offensive players than defensive players in five of the last six drafts, with 2007 the only season in this span in which Pittsburgh drafted more defenders than reinforcements for the offensive side of the ball. However, Pittsburgh could be defensive-minded in the upcoming draft for a variety of reasons. Keep an eye on the situation at nose tackle. Casey Hampton could be re-signed, but he turns 33 in September, and backup Chris Hoke turns 34 in April. Also, the need for more playmakers in the secondary became apparent when SS Troy Polamalu missed most of the season. The '07 draft netted the Steelers three defensive starters, with Pro Bowl LOLB LaMarr Woodley the standout of the class. Not many starting jobs are for the taking next season on defense, but the Steelers need to be thinking about the future of the unit.
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