Steelers

NFL Draft: With loss of Shazier, inside linebacker a must

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Roquan Smith. - AP

When the Steelers selected Ryan Shazier with their first-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, they did so because they saw changes in the league and the way offenses were being run.

Vertical passing games weren't being used as much as offenses went to more three-step drops and quick passes to slot receivers and tight ends. And so the Steelers figured if they could add an inside linebacker capable of showing up in the running game while also having the ability to cover like a safety, they'd be ahead of the curve.

They needed a player capable of playing sideline to sideline.

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