When I refer to holes I mean areas where they do not have a current starter in place on the roster at that position. The way I look at it we have 4 holes on this team and they all are on defense. 1 DL, 1 ILB, 1 SS and 1 CB. We are losing the following players to free agency without a starter capable player on the roster to fill the position. Ogunjobi, Busch/Spillane, Edmunds, Sutton. The second part is positions that can be upgraded from a mediocre starter to a better starter - 1DL Ogunjobi, 1 NT Montravius, 2 ILB Jack and Open, 1 CB Wallace, SS Edmunds, Slot CB Maulet, LT Moore, LG Dotson and Edge. So that leaves us with 10 positions as we enter Free Agency. How realistic is it for us to fill the open positions and upgrade all of the positions listed in both the Draft and Free Agency? It is not possible. I think an ideal situation is to hopefully hit on three draft picks and two free agency signings. If were really fortunate we are at least breaking even as in we fill a couple of other positions with previous starter capable players who may not be an upgrade from the previous year but they are solid which would bring it to about 7 transactions from a team building standpoint. I think when the Steelers look at their current team needs they have to like that the draft in a lot of ways really signs up well to fill a lot of those needs. The draft seems to be strong at CB, S, Edge but is weak at OT, ILB and DL in my mind. I think OG is average. If I am the Steelers if you can find a way to bring back three of your own in Sutton, Edmunds and Ogunjobi it really positions us well going into the draft to go after some areas of strength in the draft that also fill our needs. I do believe they need to take it a step further and pick up an ILB in free agency as free ageceny is heavy on a lot of ILB’s who I feel offer a lot more upside the what we have in Jack. Then you cut Jack obviously and hope you pick up a Jack from Iowa at ILB in the draft. So under this scenario you would have filled the following positions before the draft - DL, SS, CB, 1 ILB. Going into the draft you would still have needs at NT, ILB, Slot CB, LT, LG and Edge Depth. Of the above needs you realistically only have one position that lacks a starter at ILB, the rest of them are upgrades. Three of the positions are positions that are typically not full time starters in Edge Depth, NT and Slot CB. Meaning they really are luxury picks that unless your roster is completely loaded you aren’t going to spend high draft capital on these positions when you have other areas of need on the roster. If the offseason plays out this way I would still be leaning towards taking a CB, OL and ILB in the first three picks. I don’t think you can miss out on the CB talent in this draft. If we can get Jack in the draft to pair up with an upgraded ILB free agent that could finally solid a weak position on the defense for five years. You draft a really talented CB and start him on the edge and move Sutton to Slot it fills two positions. Then you draft a OL lat fills one of the OL positions on the left side of the line to upgrade it then we are in a solid position from a team building perspective. What would be awesome is if they get a steal in the later rounds at an Edge depth or NT position to really solidfy the team buildout heading into next season to the extent they don’t have to worry about filling holes and they can focus on strictly upgrading positions.