Found March 30, 2013 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said in mid-March that the team does not have needs, but wants. “I don’t like to use the word ‘need,’” said Colbert. “I never did. I never will. It’s going to be ‘wants.’” he said. “It’s the same thing with the draft. We’re never going to go in saying, ‘We have to have this position.’” The problem with this is that the Steelers do have needs on the team right now and any educated fan knows what they are. With the loss of James Harrison, Will Allen, Ryan Mundy, Mike Wallace and Rashard Mendenhall in free agency along with starters Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark and Larry Foote all set to be 32 years of age or older at the start of the 2013 season the Steelers needs are more extensive than in years past. They need to find a starting running back, a starting wide receiver, a starting outside linebacker and depth at safety and inside linebacker. That’s five positions to fill and they could use two back-up safeties. Add into that a need for possibly another receiver and a tight end as well as depth on the offensive line and the Steelers could be looking to add around eight or nine players before training camp. Unfortunately they only have eight draft picks and all eight of those players can’t be relied on to make an impact; especially in their first NFL season. Another issue that Steelers will have in 2013 is that they rarely play rookies; especially on defense, so if they want to find new starters they will have to be found in free agency. Right now there is a better chance that the Steelers will fill their starting lineup with players currently on the roster. Jonathan Dwyer would be the best bet to start at running back, Jason Worilds is expected to take over for Harrison at outside linebacker and Emmanuel Sanders, if he is not signed as a restricted free agent, is expected to take Wallace’s spot alongside Antonio Brown in the starting lineup. The Steelers have shown that they are interested in finding linebacker depth, a back-up safety, and a running back this off-season with the players they have visited in free agency. Inside linebacker Dan Connor, outside linebacker Victor Butler, safety James Sanders running back Beanie Wells and running back Ahmad Bradshaw have all met with the Steelers this off-season. That clearly shows that the Steelers are aware of their needs and although they may not call them needs they are sure to “want” to fill those holes. Only two of the mentioned free agents are still possibilities to sign in Pittsburgh; those players are Sanders and Bradshaw. Bradshaw would solidify the running back corps if his foot is back to one hundred percent. Bradshaw is another tough runner like Dwyer and Isaac Redman and would allow the Steelers to possibly pass on a running back in the 2013 NFL Draft; at least in the early rounds. As for Sanders he is a 29 year old career back-up and would allow the Steelers to add some veteran depth at safety in the absence of both Allen and Mundy, who left in free agency. There is a misconception that surrounds the Steelers that they draft the best player available. In fact, what the team does is draft the best player available that fills a need. If Geno Smith falls to the Steelers at seventeen he could potentially be the top player on the Steelers board, but with Ben Roethlisberger on the roster there is about a zero percent chance they would even think about drafting Smith. Instead they will draft the top player that fills a need, and yes they have needs. Also pay attention to where the Steelers go with their first pick in the draft this April. They should have a shot at a top outside linebacker, inside linebacker, safety, tight end, wide receiver and running back. Based on who they draft with their first pick we will have a better idea where they feel they need the most help and depth moving forward.
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