Why the Steelers need a tight end, and other areas teams must address
Updated: April 8, 2014, 8:59 AM ET
Mark Dominik | ESPN Insider
Ron Jenkins/Getty ImagesThe Steelers need to develop a young tight end behind Heath Miller.
As NFL teams approach the draft process, their decision-makers have to be just as conscious about filling the needs that are a little below the surface as they do with their glaring needs. For the purpose of this article, we’ll call them hidden needs.
With that, here are some teams that might appear to be set at certain positions or have several personnel options available to them, but still need to be upgraded via the draft. Or perhaps there are specific position groups that still have reliable performers but need to get younger. We’ve identified eight teams — one from each division — that have hidden needs that need to be addressed.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Tight end
Heath Miller is still a very talented player, and he is a great fit in the Steelers’ offense. However, he will turn 32 this season, and the team needs to find a big-bodied tight end via the draft so Ben Roethlisberger can begin building trust in him. They’ll need a young tight end to take over as their primary target at the position in the near future. North Carolina’s Eric Ebron, the consensus top tight end in this year’s draft, could be in play for the Steelers at No. 15 overall if he’s still on the board.
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