CAMERON HEYWARD, DE, Ohio State, 1st Round, 31st overall Heyward played in every game as a rookie and collected four tackles. He enters 2012 as a potential starter at defensive end.
MARCUS GILBERT, OT, Florida: 2nd Round, 63rd overall
Gilbert played in 14 games with 13 starts last season despite battling a shoulder injury that required offseason surgery. He will enter this coming season as the starter at left tackle.
CURTIS BROWN, CB, Texas: 3rd Round, 95th overall
The rookie corner played in 14 games with 14 tackles and a forced fumble. He’ll likely compete for significant time in his second year.
CORTEZ ALLEN, CB, Citadel: 4th Round, 128th overall
After playing in 15 games with 15 tackles as a rookie, Allen will be expected to push for more playing time in 2012.
CHRIS CARTER, OLB, Fresno State, 5th Round, 162nd overall
Carter appeared in 8 games in his rookie season. He’ll likely be in a battle for a spot this year.
KEITH WILLIAMS, OG, Nebraska, 6th Round, 196th overall
Williams did not survive the Steelers roster cuts last summer and was signed to the Bills practice squad in September.
BARON BATCH, RB, Texas Tech, 7th Round, 232nd overall
Batch tore his ACL in the preseason and missed the entire 2011 season. He impressed prior to the injury, however, and figures to get a chance to earn significant playing time this season.