We are now less than two months out from the May NFL Draft. While much is sure to change over that time, the early days of free agency may be allowing, or forcing the Steelers’ draft plans to come into focus.
With Ziggy Hood now in Jacksonville and Al Woods signing with Tennessee, the Steelers’ need for defensive line help has grown immensely.
The secondary has added depth with Will Allen re-signing and the free agent addition of Mike Mitchell but is there still a need there?
Those two areas now have to be extremely high on the Steelers draft board as we discuss it on March 13th. Despite the additional help in the secondary, I believe that safety and especially corner are still viable options in round one.
That means Justin Gilbert and Darqueze Dennard remain possibilities. The defensive line will be a more cluttered issue because of fit and value of players available.
Does Ra’Shede Hageman suddenly become an option at 15? The defensive end from Minnesota has all the intangibles but can run hot and cold.
Because free agency lasts for several months, things will change. The Steelers may also feel that cornerback or safety can wait because of the depth of the position in this draft.
I do believe the draft is starting to clear up a bit but there is still a lot of time to go yet.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 730pm ET talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.