2009 Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers Needs And Wants

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Published: March 11, 2009


... year, they let free agents walk out the door without fear while never over-spending on anyone.

Pittsburgh has built through the draft since 1969. Prior to that, they were trade-happy and had no success because of it, like the Washington Redskins. When Chuck Noll came to Pittsburgh, everything changed.

Pittsburgh is not the kind of team that normally reaches for players, and rarely (only twice) traded up in the first round to get a player they coveted. Those players? Troy Polamalu and Santonio Holmes, which we can agree have been great successes.

Here is what I believe is going to happen come April when Pittsburgh is on the clock.

Round 1

Most mock drafts have the Steelers going with a lineman in the first round. By my calculations, there will probably be 8-10 taken before Pittsburgh selects 32nd. As I said before, Pittsburgh does not like to reach for players.

Sean Smith, CB/S, Utah: Smi...

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