Ravens, Steelers may have similar targets in draft

Ravens, Steelers may have similar targets in draft
April 8, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Already intense rivals on the field, the Ravens and Steelers could be targeting some of the same players in the draft. The Steelers have the 15th pick, while the Ravens select just two spots later at No. 17. At least two players should be high on both teams’ draft boards - safety Calvin Pryor of Louisville and offensive tackle Taylor Lewan of Michigan.

The Steelers signed safety Mike Mitchell during free agency, but they also lost safety Ryan Clark to the Redskins. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pryor met with the Steelers earlier this month. Star safety Troy Polamalu turns 33 years old April 19, and Pittsburgh is looking to get younger at corner and safety. Polamalu could be a mentor to Pryor and accelerate his development

The Ravens could use Pryor because he is physical, with the range to play centerfield. After losing James Ihedigbo in free agency, the Ravens would like to move Matt Elam to strong safety, pairing him with a free safety that is stronger in pass coverage. Pryor could be that guy.

Why does Lewan fit both the Ravens and Steelers? Both teams need offensive line help, and Lewan is capable of playing either left tackle or right tackle. Some scouts think Lewan could be a top-10 pick. But if he slides to No. 17, the Ravens might view Lewan as a right tackle capable of starting immediately

Fitting that the Steelers and Ravens are eyeing some of the same players. These rivals like keeping an eye on each other.