Every Team’s Top Target in the 2013 NFL Draft
by Gil Alcaraz IV
17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Barkevious Mingo
The Steelers are in need of some youth on their defense as James Harrison appears to be on his way out of the Steel City. While they have some talent along the front seven, they’re in need of some extra athleticism and Mingo brings a boatload of that to the table. If there’s one team that can find a way to get the most out of Mingo’s talents, it’s Pittsburgh.
Yeah, in 2016.
You could throw in a 3-4 DE as well, not certain that Hood can hold on to the starting job if a DE is drafted in any of the first three rounds.
The most difficult position would be OLB, Worilds appears to have what it takes except he does seem to be injured often. The rest as far as I'm concerned don't have anything locked up as far as starting is concerned and a prime draft pick (rounds 1-3) could step in right away.
"Before you can win a game, you have to not lose it." -- Chuck Noll
Needs in order most important to least, IMO: ILB, OLB WR, NT, RB, S, CB, TE
That being said, it could be any of those positions, depending on who's on the board. I don't think you reach for any of them. While the team doesn't currently have stars at all those positions, they have sufficient coverage for all of them if you find a gem at one of the others.
If it were me, I'd take Kevin Minter and not even blink... he was the best player on a defense with many NFL caliber players - and that says a lot.
I don't care what "projections" say, we're offering our own scouting and opinions, right? When their time comes up, he'll be the best player on the board, IMO