With the sixteenth pick in the 2013 NFL Draft the St. Louis Rams select Chance Warmack, G, Alabama.
Next we address the #17 pick in the draft - The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the clock.
#17 Pittsburgh Steelers. Needs - ILB, NT, CB. The Steelers were a disappointing team in 2012. They struggled to finish 8-8. More was expected of them. The defense did it's part, finishing 1st in pass defense, 2nd vs. the run, and 1st overall. The Steelers D was also #1 in fewest yards allowed per play. They finished 6th in points allowed, giving up 19.6 per game. Where they struggled was in total takeaways, where they finished an abysmal 25th. Within that, they managed only 10 INTs on the year, good for 29th in the League in that department. The Steelers also fell off in sacks, managing 37 for the season, good for 15th in the NFL.
The offense was inconsistent, due mostly to the lack of a running game. The Steelers finished 14th in passing, but 26th in rushing, including averaging a sorry 3.7 yards per carry which was better than only the Cowboys, Chargers, and Cardinals. Pittsburgh averaged an even 21 points per game, good for 22nd in the NFL, and allowed 37 sacks, good for 19th.
While the defense played strong again in 2012, it is aging rapidly. Brett Keisel, Casey Hampton, James Harrison, and Ryan Clark are all in their mid thirties. Ike Taylor, Larry Foote and Troy Polamalu are all in their early 30's. The Steelers need to get young on defense. Who do they take at #17?
Picks so far:
#1 Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
#2 Jacksonville Jaguars - Bjoern Warner, DE, FSU
#3 Oakland Raiders - Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
#4 Philadelphia Eagles - Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
#5 Detroit Lions - Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
#6 Cleveland Browns - Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
#7 Arizona Cardinals - Geno Smith, QB, WVU
#8 Buffalo Bills - Mike Glennon, QB, NC St.
#9 New York Jets - Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
#10 Tennessee Titans - Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio St.
#11 San Diego Chargers - Eric Fisher, OT, CMU
#12 Miami Dolphins - Keenan Allen, WR, California
#13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi St.
#14 Carolina Panthers - Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
#15 New Orleans Saints - John Jenkins, NT, Georgia
#16 St. Louis Rams - Chance Warmack, G, Alabama