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    Steeler Draft - Free Agent Needs

    Off the top of my head I am going with CB, S, and QB.

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    Waaay too many threads about the Steelers to make me comfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NKY Bandit View Post
    Waaay too many threads about the Steelers to make me comfortable.
    As a Bengals fans I feel we are connected at the hip with the Steelers so it is relevant discussion.

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    Mr Rooney publicly stated the need to upgrade the secondary and suggested that it could be through free agency. Typically when he speaks like that, it happens. That said, I suspect they'll target safety instead of corner. Just a hunch. Some chatter that Weddle could be a target but the interest would have to be mutual and he might price himself out of their range. They won't do anything at QB if Bruce is healthy IMO. Sadly, I think they'll ride with the corners they have on the roster and maybe add one in the middle rounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spindoc View Post
    Mr Rooney publicly stated the need to upgrade the secondary and suggested that it could be through free agency. Typically when he speaks like that, it happens. That said, I suspect they'll target safety instead of corner. Just a hunch. Some chatter that Weddle could be a target but the interest would have to be mutual and he might price himself out of their range. They won't do anything at QB if Bruce is healthy IMO. Sadly, I think they'll ride with the corners they have on the roster and maybe add one in the middle rounds.
    If you were advising the Steelers what would be your positions of concern?

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    I read they plan on leading the 2 nose tackles go and hopefully drafting a good one or getting a good one in free agency. I would love to see them sign the big guy Haloti Ngata and the safety from San Diego Weddle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by theguru View Post
    If you were advising the Steelers what would be your positions of concern?
    I'd sign a safety in free agency if the $ was right. They will likely address OL and DL early in the draft. Personally if the Mackey award winner from Arkansas was there at 25 I'd take him. Unless a sure thing fell that far like Noah Spence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uk#1fan View Post
    I read they plan on leading the 2 nose tackles go and hopefully drafting a good one or getting a good one in free agency. I would love to see them sign the big guy Haloti Ngata and the safety from San Diego Weddle.
    They will resign McLendon and he was a stud against the run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spindoc View Post
    They will resign McLendon and he was a stud against the run.
    Not what I have read during the playoffs they had to keep sliding Tuit and Heyward inside. I heard McLeondon and Thomas are gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uk#1fan View Post
    Not what I have read during the playoffs they had to keep sliding Tuit and Heyward inside. I heard McLeondon and Thomas are gone.
    They experimented with McLendon in rotation and were successful. If the negotiations are amicable he will be back. They don't want to go into the season with McCullers the only nose on the roster even though they were in base less than 30% of their defensive snaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spindoc View Post
    I'd sign a safety in free agency if the $ was right. They will likely address OL and DL early in the draft. Personally if the Mackey award winner from Arkansas was there at 25 I'd take him. Unless a sure thing fell that far like Noah Spence.
    Dear Lord Spence a Steeler? He is the #1 or #2 pick in the draft if he's still at Ohio State.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spindoc View Post
    They experimented with McLendon in rotation and were successful. If the negotiations are amicable he will be back. They don't want to go into the season with McCullers the only nose on the roster even though they were in base less than 30% of their defensive snaps.
    There is alot of DT/NT that are free agents this year.

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    I think they will take a top rated TE in round 1 if he is there, but not free agency. Miller is on the downsize, but should have a year or two left, and Ben loves the TE check down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uk#1fan View Post
    There is alot of DT/NT that are free agents this year.
    Which will drive the price of McLendon down. Bet he's back in Pittsburgh next season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bengal Maniac View Post
    I think they will take a top rated TE in round 1 if he is there, but not free agency. Miller is on the downsize, but should have a year or two left, and Ben loves the TE check down.
    I agree. However, if Hunter Henry is off the board by 25, I think they'll pass til later. Henry would be a game changer for the STeelers. Blocks well, runs well, good hands. He's my choice in the first round. But you know how that goes, the combine could change some folks opinions.

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