PITTSBURGH -- The practices leading up to the Senior Bowl will give the Steelers an extended look at a handful of offensive tackles they could target if they don’t take one in the first round of the 2014 NFL draft.
Yet one of the biggest questions that will shape the Steelers' draft is how much of a priority they place on offensive tackle.
Ben Roethlisberger turns 32 in March and the Steelers will make another hefty investment in their franchise quarterback at some point. Prolonging his career gives the Steelers the best chance of achieving their goal of competing for the Super Bowl every season.
Weidl also makes his case by pointing out that as promising a running back as they Steelers have in Le'Veon Bell they still finished 27th in the NFL in rushing this season.
Lewan is not playing in the Senior Bowl Saturday in Mobile, Ala., and there are a number of underclassmen at tackle who are likely first-round picks but are not eligible for the game.
But all of those tackles are likely ones the Steelers would consider after the first round.
Weidl lists cornerback and safety as the Steelers’ biggest needs after offensive tackle.
He also writes that the Steelers could seriously consider taking a rangy wide receiver with their first pick to take pressure off Antonio Brown and complement the Pro Bowler.