Pittsburgh Steelers: Why They Must Use the Draft to Fix the Offensive Line

January 9, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Watching Alabama’s offensive line push Notre Dame’s defensive front all over the field was a reminder that games can still be won in the trenches. It was also a reminder that the Pittsburgh Steelers need to fix their offensive line.
Many will expect that the Steelers will go defense early in the draft with seven defensive starters over 30 years old—including unrestricted free agents Casey Hampton and Larry Foote. Or it could be because the defense lacks the necessary playmakers to get to the quarterback and force turnovers.
Of course, there are also the questions on offense such as who can replace Mike Wallace and Rashard Mendenhall if they leave via free agency. Do the Steelers feel comfortable with Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders starting at receiver and Jonathan Dwyer at running back?
But when it comes down to it, the Steelers can win without adding impact players early to those positions.
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