5 defensive studs from the combine Steelers must be drooling over

Clemson defensive lineman Ruke Orhorhoro (DL21)
Clemson defensive lineman Ruke Orhorhoro (DL21) / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Steelers will be all over Ruke Orhorhoro

As stated in the Smith write-up, the Steelers have a type along the defensive line, and that type is becoming harder to find. While Smith has the better build of the two, I think Ruke Orhorhoro has a much higher floor and can contribute sooner rather than later.

That isn’t to say Orhorhoro has a bad build. He is an inch shorter and about ten pounds lighter than Smith, but he still has good length at 34”. He tested as an even more explosive athlete than Smith though, blazing one of the fastest forty times of the defensive linemen and looking smooth in the athletic drills.

If the team has a more immediate need for a defensive lineman and prefers a better athlete, Orhorhoro should be their guy. While an older prospect, he also started his football career later, so there is plenty of room for growth. Pittsburgh will have no choice but to consider Orhorhoro given his fit as a defensive end for this defense.

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The combine allowed quite a few defenders to shine as potential pro prospects. While not every combine star should intrigue the Steelers, these five names need to be on a shortlist. They fit the profile that this defense likes and all of them rocked their respective drills in Indianapolis.