Assuming they don't make an unexpected splash in FA: 1. CB - William Gay is 31. Even if they do re-sign him (pretty much a must in this situation), they can't rely on him much longer as the top corner. We also have to remember that his performance throughout his career has been erratic year-to-year. - Cortez Allen has always been a questionable starter and he'll be coming back from a season-long stint on IR. The possibility of moving him to S has been mentioned before. - We can only hope Senquez Golson turns out to be the ball hawk he was in college. - I doubt Brandon Boykin will return after the way the Steelers handled him, which is irritating because he was obviously one of the best CBs on the roster once he was given an opportunity to play. - Ross Cockrell was re-signed yesterday. - Doran Grant, like Golson, is a mystery. Per Tomlin, he may also up for consideration at S. They desperately need additional new, young talent, and some insurance, at this position. My hope is that they replace Antwan Blake with a high draft pick. 2. S - Will Allen is an UFA, turns 34 in June, and may decide to retire. I'm hoping for a 1-year deal to allow whoever's next in line a year to get acquainted with the position and defense. Robert Golden is also a FA. I do not see them starting the year with 5 safeties, so whether he's brought back likely depends on quite a bit: - Does Will Allen return? - What are the Steelers going to do with Grant and Cortez Allen? - What they're looking to do in the draft? Shamarko Thomas hasn't shown much of anything in three years. In fact, recently Tomlin had this to say about him, "I thought he did a good job, particularly as a core special-teamer...He's still evolving as a defender...I like his work. I don't think it's from a lack of effort, it just hasn't come together for him, yet. We'll continue to work with him. In the meantime, we'll continue to appreciate the contributions that he provides us as a core member of our special teams unit." Not exactly the kind of thing a coach says about player he expects to be a starter. As mentioned before, there is also the possibility of them moving Cortez Allen to S. This would make sense considering he's always struggled a bit with coverage, he's a good tackler, and they have a bit invested in him. It may also allow Mike Mitchell to move to SS down the road. If I had to, I'd guess the safeties next year will be Mitchell, Thomas, W. Allen, and C. Allen. If they do plan on this, I expect them to not draft a S at all. Until we/they know, it has to be a top priority. 3. DT - I honestly would be overjoyed if Steve McLendon ends up being a cap casualty. I'd hoped Daniel McCullers would develop and supplant McLendon this season, but that never happened. Perhaps his time is next season. Either way, McCullers or draftee, if they could upgrade here it would solidify the DL as elite. 4. OLB - James Harrison will eventually fall off, and I think Jarvis Jones has been a disappointment. 5. TE - I think Heath Miller is good for another year or two, so we'll get to see Jesse James develop. Still, if there is an opportunity to draft a quality TE, they shouldn't hesitate. Matt Spaeth is getting older, too. 6. DE depth - Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt are beasts but there's not much behind them. 7. QB depth - If Bruce Gradkowski retires or doesn't re-sign, I could see this possibly being a bigger need. But, IMO, another veteran FA would be the best move if he does, in fact, leave.