2009 Draft

Steelers Draft Stategy Wide Open After Offensive Line Signings

The recent moves by the Steelers to keep in tact most of the offensive line and depth from the 2008 season now opens up the chance to truly draft the best player available in the upcoming 2009 NFL draft. Free agents Chris Kemoeatu, Willie Colon, Trai Essex and Max Starks are all back in the fold with only Marvel Smith and Kendall Simmons being allowed to get away, both of which were injury concerns going forward. Headed into free agency and the draft, it look that drafting an offensive lineman in round one would be a priority. Now the Steelers can let round one come to them and choose the best player available with the pick. The Steelers will indeed likely address the offensive line still with at least two of their picks, but do not have to be locked into doing so with the first pick. Going into the draft, the Steelers have 4 major position needs. The offensive line, with priority being a center, the defensive line, with nose tackle being a priority, cornerback and lastly a wide receiver to challenge for the number 3 or 4 role on the team. I see these four positions as being the ones the Steelers look to use most of their draft picks on. The luxury now with having a Super Bowl winning offensive line back in tact, is the Steelers can let the draft come to them and not have to be locked into one position in the first few rounds.

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