2006 Pittsburgh Steelers Draft Preview
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Team Name: Pittsburgh Steelers
2005 Record: (11-5) Made Playoffs (Won Superbowl)
2006 Draft Order: (32nd Pick)
2006 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Mock Draft Picks
Wide Receiver: Pittsburgh lost Antwaan Randel El to the Redskins and his impact will be dearly missed. Between the gadget plays and him being a solid number 2 guy this becomes the Steelers number 1 priority in the 2006 draft.
Free Safety: The Steelers lost the improved Chris Hope to the Tennessee Titans and there is no good replacement on the current roster. Mike Logan is aging, and Tyrone Carter is not an NFL starter.
Defensive End: Kimo Von Oellhofen was lost to the New York Jets in the off season and at 35 Oellhofen was on the decline. A big pass rusher is needed.
The defending superbowl champs have done a pretty good job at resigning their mid-level free agents, but managed to let 3 of their 4 best go to other teams. This is expected with superbowl clubs as it is often very hard to keep everyone from last years team.
Pittsburgh with a good draft will still be in very good shape to make a run at the title. Drafting a replacement for Randel El is the top priority and guys like Miami's Sinorice Rice and Derek Hagan from Arizona State are possibilities.
Ohio State's safety Donte Whitner would be a good fit to replace Chris Hope if he is around in the late second, but chances are slim.
If the Steelers don't decide to take a free safety in the second round they would be looking at defensive ends like Elvis Dummervil from Louisville, Ray Edwards from Purdue, or Indiana's Victor Adeyanju.
With Jerome Bettis retiring taking a flyer on a running back in the later rounds is also a good possibility.
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