Team Needs: Pittsburgh Steelers

NFL Draft

2007 Results: 10-7 AFC North Champions, Lost in the Wildcard Playoff against Jacksonville
2008 Projected Cap Status: $3,260,770 over the cap

2007 Season Recap:

The Steelers had a good yet unfulfilled 2007, winning the division, making the playoffs, then losing to Jacksonville in the first round. Ben Roethlisberger rebounded from 2006 with a good year – 32 Tds, 11 Ints, and a rating of 104.1. Still they only ranked 22nd in passing offense but ranked 3rd in rushing offense. Their defense was outstanding, finishing the year ranked #1. This was a good first year for Mike Tomlin whose team almost overcame an 18-point lead to beat Jacksonville (31-29) on their home field.

Team Needs:

1. Offensive Line – With the loss of Pro Bowler Alan Faneca the line, which has already been slipping, took another hit. This line is getting thin and could use some youth to build it back up.

2. Wide Receiver – Double duty could be what they are looking for at this position; someone who can play WR and return punts/kickoffs. Hines Ward is 32 so a young tall/fast replacement in the wings would fit the bill.

3. Cornerback – Another depth position that could also fill the need of punt/kickoff return man.

2008 Draft Picks:

1st Round – 23rd overall
2nd Round – 53rd overall
3rd Round – 88th overall
4th Round – 123rd overall
5th Round – 156th overall
6th Round – 18th overall
7th Round – 221st overall

Free agency status:

LB Marquis Cooper
DE Nick Eason
G Alan Faneca (NYJ)
LB Clark Haggans (Cardinals)
RB Verron Haynes
DE Travis Kirschke (signed)
FB Dan Kreider
QB Brian St. Pierre (Cardinals)
OT Max Starks

OL Trai Essex (signed)
G Chris Kemoeatu (signed)
OL Greg Warren (signed)
WR Nate Washington

DE Andre Frazier (signed)
LB Clint Kriewaldt
CB Allen Rossum (49r’s)
TE Jerame Tuman (Cardinals)

LB Keyaron Fox
C Justin Hartwig
RB Mewelde Moore

Edit: This blog was archived in May of 2016 from our original articles database.It was originally posted by Scott Peek

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