Given how weak the safety position is this year, though, NFL Media analyst Curtis Conway sees only one viable option for the team in the first round as it looks to replace a legend in the defensive backfield.
"A safe pick is Landon Collins out of Alabama," said Conway on NFL Network's "Path to the Draft" Friday. " ... He's the only real safety (in the first round). When you start talking about where you draft him, I like him around 18 to 25. So, if the Steelers selected him at No. 22, it would be a good pick for them and it's a need for them."
Collins has terrorized SEC offenses for the past three seasons and likely will be the only safety taken in Round 1.
Conway sees some versatility in the former Alabama star, which should only help his value, but if Pittsburgh elects to wait until Round 2 before taking a safety, Arizona State's Damarious Randall could be an intriguing option for the club.
"(Collins) can play strong safety or free safety," Conway said. " ... If you want to go first-round safety, you go Landon Collins. If you do want to go second-round safety, then you can go Damarious Randall."
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert have been active in getting to pro days across the country this year, and they might have had an eye out for a potential Polamalu replacement. In Collins, though, they might just have a perfect fit.