The Steelers will have the 17th pick in the first round in the 2013 draft in April. That's the highest the Steelers have drafted since 2007, when they selected linebacker Lawrence Timmons with the 15th pick.
The Steelers avoided their first losing season under coach Mike Tomlin, but it cost them some spots in the first round. If the Steelers had lost to Cleveland on Sunday, they could have drafted 12th overall. Pittsburgh finished tied with Dallas with 8-8 records, but it got the higher pick based on a weaker strength of schedule (.465).
Since 2000, the Steelers have picked in the top 20 six times and have come away with a productive starter each time: wide receiver Plaxico Burress (eighth pick in 2000), nose tackle Casey Hampton (19th pick in 2001), safety Troy Polamalu (16th in 2003), quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (11th in 2004), Timmons and center Maurkice Pouncey (18th in 2010).
The Browns have the sixth overall pick. The Bengals and Ravens will have their draft order determined based on how they finish in the playoffs.