Ranking the Steelers biggest needs heading into the draft

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Benny Snell #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Running Back

No, running back isn’t the top need on this list despite the lack of talent there. While Benny Snell is far from an elite running back, an improved offensive line and a focus on his power style could make him serviceable for a year or two if need be. Even if the team wanted to draft the position, they should do it knowing that it isn’t the most pressing need.

Throw in the fact that running backs can be had in the late day two range to early day three range and focusing on the position makes little sense. While the team could select the position as early as the first, there are enough players in the draft and on the roster to push this need further down. Frankly put, running backs aren’t a critical position on the field anymore, and average players can succeed behind great lines.

I do expect the team to draft a running back, but it may trend closer to round three or four. At the minimum, I would be shocked if they targeted a running back in the first. The team should focus on rebuilding the line before going running back instead. Unless the value is too great, the Steelers need to look at other positions before going running back.