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2014 NFL Mock Draft Countdown: Pittsburgh Steelers, No. 15

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2014 NFL Mock Draft Countdown: Pittsburgh Steelers, No. 15

April 26, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones (left) is introduced at the UPMC Sports Complex by Steelers president Art Rooney II after being selected the Steelers number one pick in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the Titan Sized collaborative 2014 NFL mock draft. Every weekday leading into the May draft, our team of writers will give their analysis and opinions on potential first-round draft prospects and their eventual whereabouts. Barring changes or conflicts, our remaining schedule will go as follows:

Apr. 7-11: Picks 11-15
Apr. 14-18: Picks 16-20
Apr. 21-25: Picks 21-25
Apr. 28 – May 2: Picks 26-30
May 5-6: Picks 31-32

Here’s a list of writers who’ll participate in our 2014 NFL mock draft project:

Editor: Joshua Huffman
Lead Columnist: Nicholas Pitakos
Contributor: Russell Griffin
Contributor: Matias Wodner
Contributor: Stoney Keeley
Contributor: Matt Ward
Contributor: William Oberst
Contributor: Scotty Bakalian

We’ve reached pick No. 15. This selection belongs to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Are there any cornerback prospects who can become Day 1 starters who shutdown A.J. Green, Josh Gordon or Torrey Smith? If so, then the Pittsburgh Steelers want you. A team that prides themselves on defense needs to reinvigorate their defensive backfield with some younger players. Darqueze Dennard, Justin Gilbert, Kyle Fuller, Jason Verrett and Bradley Roby are a few cornerbacks who have been mentioned as potential first-rounders. Who best fits Dick LeBeau‘s scheme?

Cornerback isn’t the only need. Troy Polamalu will turn 33 later this month. Ryan Clark joined the Washington Redskins. Three of the Steelers’ top wide receivers have departed via free agency. Safety and wide receiver are other areas that need reinforcements. If the team felt like they could get consistent effort out of Ra’Shede Hageman, then maybe he provides some pass-rushing assistance at the 5-tech?

It’s time to examine who the Steelers will select at No. 15.

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