For the first time since the day after the Playoff loss to the Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin fielded questions from the media. During this session, he touched on a myriad of topics. From the firing of Bruce Arians, to the hiring of Todd Haley, to leadership, to the amount of playing time the Steelers could count on from Emmanuel Sanders and Willie Colon. True to form, he was candid and straight forward, even throwing the gauntlet down for some of the young players that the team need to take on bigger rolls in 2012.
In fact, it was that last area that should help shed some light on the direction the Steelers will take in the upcoming draft. In all, he talked about addressing LB, NT, OL, WR, RB and potentially a young QB via either free agency or the draft. However, when he mentions players by name and they sit at positions that lack any semblance of depth, it should not be overlooked.
While many pundits have the Steelers grabbing a linebacker early in the draft, it would appear more likely that offensive line or receiver will be hit early or often. One look at the players the team has brought in for the first of their 30 pre-draft visits somewhat bare that out. So far, Ohio State OT Mike Adams (1st or 2nd rd prospect, 6-7, 323 pounds), Florida International WR T.Y. Hilton (mid-round prospect, 5-10, 175 pounds, 4.37), and Cincinnati DE Derek Wolfe (late-round prospect, 6-5, 300 pounds) have been in to visit. Over this month leading up to the draft, we will keep a running tab on these visitors and profile some of them.
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