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Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 NFL Mock Draft


1st round pick 24: Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama

Hightower seems like the absolute ideal pick. Every year there is one late first round pick that makes so much sense that’d it be an absolute upset if it went in a different direction. Last year that pick was Anthony Castanzo, a few years ago it was Kenny Phillips to the Giants. This year that pick is Dont’a Hightower to the Steelers. If he is available I can’t imagine the Steelers going in a different direction.

2nd round pick 56: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Hurricanes

The Steelers do a great job of sticking to their board and taking the best player available. In this draft it feels like when the Steelers pick in the second round there is going to be a really good running back available, maybe a David Wilson or Lamar Miller. I like Isaac Redman, but he’s not as talented as Lamar Miller.

3rd round pick 86:  Donald Stephenson, OT, Oklahoma

The Steelers had one of the fastest rising offensive tackle prospects in the draft. There are questions about Stephenson’s commitment to the weight room, but he clearly has LT feet and athleticism. Stephenson will be a developmental tackle prospect for the Steelers who could start if needed this year.

4th round pick 119: Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska

I’m using profootballweekly’s draft value chart which currently has Crick listed as a late fourth round pick, which was a bit of a shocker to me. I think they would consider Crick if he was available in the late third round, let alone the fourth round. The Steelers need to replenish the talent along their defensive line.

5th round pick 159: Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia University

I do not think the Steelers cornerbacks are very good and they should even consider upgrading in the first round if one they like is available, but they wait until the fifth round in this mock draft and take one of my favorite day three prospects Keith Tandy.

6th round pick 193:  Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas

Another player I was surprised to see so low. Childs, if healthy, is a top 8 WR in this draft class. That’s the rub: If healthy. Who knows how healthy Childs is though. If his medical checks went well at the combine he could come off the board on late day two.

7th round pick 231: Austin Davis, QB, Southern Mississippi

A developmental QB prospect. Teams draft these types of players every few years and I’ve mocked him a few times in the 7th round to different teams because he’s probably my number one QB sleeper prospect.

7th round pick 241:Drake Dunsmore, TE, Northewstern

Drake Dunsmore isn’t a great TE prospect, but he’s solid value in the 7th round. He can play a more move TE role for the Steelers compared to the bruisers they usually have at Tight end.

7th round Pick 246: Matt Merletti, S, North Carolina

The Steelers don’t have great safety depth to me and should take a flier on the Merletti. Merletta put up 31 bench press reps and ran a solid forty yard dash in the 4.5 range at his proday. A late round guy who should step in and immediately contribute on special teams.

7th round pick 248: Dennis Kelley, OL, Purdue

A 6’8 321 pound behemoth, a late round offensive tackle who should add some depth for the Steelers and a guy they can try to develop into a good back up or even starting interior offensive linemen.

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  • DomDiTolla

    Miller at #56?  Wow, with the amount of solid Offensive Linemen on the board at said spot, it would be really tough to justify taking a luxury pick at such a replaceable position, and one of not even close to a dire need like Guard, Tackle, Nose Tackle, Inside Linebacker, Safety, etc..  Some combination of Mitchell Schwartz, Zebrie Sanders, Amini Silatolu, Kelechi Osemele, Kevin Zeitler, and Brandon Brooks will be there, and Mychal Kendricks should be in play as well if the team elects to not go Inside Linebacker with #24.  Plus, there are plenty of RB’s to be had in Rounds 4-6 which could be productive in the Steelers RB by committee as I pointed out in a post on NPC earlier last month.
     
    Can’t say I’m personally a fan of the Crick pick as well.  His injury history plus the fact that other more athletic 5-Techniques could be had in later Rounds or near the same spot makes it too risky of an endeavor to take him that high.
     
    And where are the Nose Tackles?  Granted I don’t think that Poe or Ta’amu will ultimately be the selections, but no mention of the experienced Josh Chapman in Round 3-4, or developmental players like Nic Jean-Baptiste or Akiem Hicks, or the versatile Hebron Fangupo (who also played 5-Technique at Brigham Young) in Round 5 or 6.
     
    The Childs pick I do however like the most, as it is a low-risk, high-reward scenario for Pittsburgh, and it would give them a tall, somewhat field-stretching, and Red Zone target to groom after Wallace eventually leaves.  Tandy and/or Donnie Fletcher would be solid depth selections in Rounds 5-6 and fit the size, speed, and skill-set mold of what the Steelers like in their Cornerbacks.  If Merletti can keep his knee injuries at bay, he could develop into a solid Special Teamer, and go the route of a Ryan Mundy at Safety.  Also like the Davis pick as well as Pittsburgh would be wise to develop somebody behind Big Ben because Batch is nearing 40, Leftwich seems perpetually injured, and Troy Smith is not a viable #3 in my opinion.