Overview: The Steelers have consistently found key contributors in the draft in GM Kevin Colbert's tenure as the primary personnel decision maker, and the very best of those players have been true difference makers, a la QB Ben Roethlisberger. With 10 draft picks, the Steelers will have a chance to add some youth to an aging team. The Steelers, as usual, have been quiet in free agency, and they always have done their best work in the draft.
Need No. 1: Nose tackle
Casey Hampton took a paycut to stay in Pittsburgh, but he's entering his 12th season, turns 35 years old in early September, and is coming off a knee injury. Backup Steve McLendon is capable, but more depth here would not be a bad idea. The Steelers have had an eye on the future of the defensive line for some time, drafting defensive ends in Round One in two of the last three years.
Need No. 2: Offensive guard
The Steelers could stand to improve their depth and talent at guard. OLG Doug Legursky and ORG Ramon Foster are restricted free agents; if they are back in Pittsburgh, they will be in the final year of their contracts. The Steelers released former OLG Chris Kemoeatu, who struggled a season ago, in March.
Need No. 3: Offensive tackle
The Steelers likely will turn to Marcus Gilbert at left tackle after Max Starks, an unrestricted free agent, suffered an ACL injury in the playoff loss at Denver. Willie Colon has had his moments at right tackle, but he has played one game in the past two seasons because of injuries. A young tackle who could serve as the top reserve on the left and right sides could be helpful. An ability to slide inside at guard also would be an asset.