Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 3/2/12
The Pittsburgh Steelers have had a very eventful off-season which is mainly consisting of letting go of faces that have defined the franchise for the past decade, however light is breaking through the clouds and they seem to have a defensive lineman in their crosshairs for the draft in April. Dontari Poe, defensive tackle from the University of Memphis, impressed a lot of people at the NFL Combine with his unusual blend of Strength and quickness. So much so that he is now a guaranteed first round prospect and could find himself in one of the best defensive systems in the league. With the Steelers being greatly over the salary cap at the end of the season, they have already let go of names that seemed to be cornerstones of the franchise. So far they have let go of veterans on offense, defense, and special teams, but one of the biggest areas of concern is the defensive line. Veteran Chris Hoke retired due to health issues earlier this off-season and numerous sources are reporting that the injury-plagued Aaron Smith will be cut also. Add that to the fact that remaining veterans Casey Hampton and Brett Keisel are over the age of thirty [...]
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