Matt Peterson tracks the offseason needs of every team in the league. Today’s franchise, the Pittsburgh Steelers [full archive here].
Season Recap – Many people believed the Steelers were going to have trouble contending in 2010 with star QB Ben Roethlisberger suspended the first six games due to rape charges. The suspension was later reduced to four games, and the group of Charlie Batch, Byron Leftwich, and Dennis Dixon managed to lead the Steelers to a 3-1 record during that time. Roethlisberger returned and led the team to the Super Bowl where they lost to the Green Bay Packers. Expect the Steelers to make a run for a trip back to the Super Bowl in 2011.
1. Right Guard – What was once a weakness, remains a weakness for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They continue to win games with a below average offensive line. The Steelers need to solve the spot next to All-Pro Maurkice Pauncey- and are hoping his twin brother, Mike, falls to them in round one.
2. Offensive Tackle – Another position along the offensive line, OT remains a big need for the Steelers. Willie Colon is a free agent and Max Starks is coming off an injury. Flozell Adams performed well but at a soon-to-be 36 is not a long term option.
3. Nose Tackle – Casey Hampton is still a dominating force, but will soon be 34. The Steelers do a great job of developing young players and should draft a young NT in this year’s draft. Jerrell Powe could be an option in round two.
4. Cornerback - William Gay, Ike Taylor, and Anthony Adams are free agents and Bryant McFadden will be turning 30. The Steelers need to bring in some new corners this offseason to help fill the hole in the secondary. Many Steeler scouts were seen at the University of Texas’ recent pro day, meaning draft prospects Aaron Williams, Chykie Brown, or Curtis Brown could be in the Steelers plans.
5. Inside Linebacker – Age is the primary concern here, with nine year starting LB James Farrior recently turning 36. The Steelers should select a young prospect in the middle rounds of the draft.