OT Donald Stephenson out of Oklahoma. Courtesy arrowheadaddict.com

With The First Pick Releases Steelers 2012 Mock Draft

The boys over at FanSided’s With The First Pick have released their 7 Round mock draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Hightower certainly makes sense as their first pick – that’s assuming he’s still on the board by then.  I find the Lamar Miller pick in round two is an interesting one.  I guess anyone can make an argument that the Steelers could use a definitive starter at running back (although I’ve always said that Redman is just fine), but the Steelers have greater need at the offensive and defensive lines.  And, even if there is a really good running back in the second round available for the Steelers – in this case Miller – they also weigh in their needs within the first couple of rounds.  Highest value usually doesn’t fall into play until Rounds 3 and up.

OT Donald Stephenson is a good pick, but I would like to think there are better OT’s or OG’s left on the board in Round 2.  I really like the Jared Crick pick.  I doubt Dontari Poe will be available to the Steelers in any round, and Crick is a solid pick to begin grooming for the next year.  There is question as to whether he could fill ‘Big Snack’s’ shoes.  The picks in Rounds 5-7 also make sense as the Steelers have need for corner, wide out, and quarterback.  The Steelers’ secondary is getting better, the wide receiving core is strong (with or without Wallace), and Big Ben will be around for quite some time.  But this is where the Steelers’ genius comes into play by picking great value players late in the draft.  The need in those three areas is not immediate, but it makes sense to take some swings out there and nab the highest valued player and see what they can do over the next year or two.

What do the rest of you think of Mr. Bartolis’ picks?

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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 like a Back.  Some combination of Mitchell Schwartz, Zebrie Sanders, Amini Silatolu, 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 give similar production as I pointed out in an earlier post.  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.
    I do however like the Childs pick, 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.  Also like the Davis pick as well as Pittsburgh needs a younger guy to develop behind Big Ben.

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    I am NOT @ ALL “happy” with these “Projections” as my Cousin Mark, an Associate in The Steelers Scouting Department has “assured” me that the following Players ARE The Steelers “focus” going into The Draft:
    Round One: Georgia Offensive Guard/Tackle Cordy Glenn
    Round Two: California Linebacker Mychal Kendricks
    Round Three: Miami (of Oxford, Ohio) Offensive Guard Brandon Brooks
    Round Four: Oregon Running Back LaMichael James
    Round Five: Wisconsin Quarterback Russell Wilson
    Rounds Six & Seven: DEPTH, DEPTH, DEPTH…
    A Safety, Wide Receiver, & Defensive Linemen
    I am “attending” The N.F.L. Draft this year for the FIRST time!  I “believe” this Year’s Draft Class will “define” The Steelers Franchise for the next DECADE!
    Respectfully Submitted,
    ***Michael S. Marshall
           Dayton, Ohio
    ***= A 36 Year Season Ticket Holder of STEELER-NATION!