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Geno Smith will throw at combine; Matt Barkley, too?

USC’s Matt Barkley will throw. If the top quarterbacks in this class both go full workout, others at the position will surely follow.

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The decision makes sense for both players. Smith has a big arm and shouldn’t have anything to hide. Barkley can use the event to convince teams of his arm strength and prove he’s 100 percent healthy after a sprained shoulder prematurely ended his senior season.

Quarterbacks are using this combine to sell themselves as first-round talent. It makes sense they would take advantage of a full workout to state their case.

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Steeler roster shake-up coming

The Steelers were one interception too many from making the playoffs in 2012, but as thin a line as that may be, Kevin Colbert said the decisions to make changes will come easier because of it.

“When you’re 12-4 and a playoff team, sometimes you get mesmerized by your success and you get a little reluctant to change,” Colbert said, referring to the Steelers record in 2010 and 2011.

“If we don’t change a roster that produced 8-8, we’d be silly to expect a better result because it’s the same group of guys. … I guess it’s easier to make decisions to change when you’re 8-8 than when you’re 12-4.”

Take a good look at that 2012 team photo of the Steelers because many won’t be back.

The Steelers are still evaluating players and planning how to get into salary-cap compliance by the March 12 deadline. The cap is expected to be similar to a year ago, around $121 million per team. The Steelers are projected to be at least $10 million over that right now.

They will get under it, Colbert said, through contract terminations and likely extensions and reconstructed contracts.

He sounded as if none of their impending free agents will get contract offers before they can hit the open market March 12.