2012 NFL Draft: The Pittsburgh Steelers' First-Round Options

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2012 NFL Draft: The Pittsburgh Steelers' First-Round Options
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While most in the media are focused on naming the play that ended Pittsburgh's season, Steelers fans have already begun looking forward to the NFL draft on April 26.

It's easy to point to one play as the cause of Pittsburgh's abrupt ousting from the playoffs and say that if it weren't for that play, we'd still be playing.

The truth is, this team had holes.

Yes, they were decimated by injuries all year long, but that isn't much different than any other year. They didn't have the depth, and at the end of the day, they didn't have the talent needed to get back to the Super Bowl.

Now with an aging core and glaring holes on the roster for the first time in years, Pittsburgh will be at a crossroads in April's draft. Do they look to replace some of their aging stars with younger, cheaper alternatives, or do they patch their holes with young players in hopes they will be ready for a deep playoff run next season?

Their first selection on April 26 will likely have a lot to say about which direction the team is going to move this offseason. So, with that in mind, I wanted to take a look at the options that may be available to them when they are officially on the clock with the 24th pick in the draft.

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