2012 NFL Mock Draft: Who Should the Pittsburgh Steelers Select?

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Who Should the Pittsburgh Steelers Select?
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Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers' loss to the Denver Broncos has finally sunken in, I have moved into draft mode.

Sure, I still can't believe Tim Tebow threw for over 300 yards with just 10 completions, but I'm over it. The Steelers had far too many players injured on both sides of the ball, and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau outsmarted himself. He failed to adjust his game plan even though Ike Taylor was getting burned all night.

Maybe this horrible loss will allow the Steelers to draft a few key players they wouldn't have been able to had they won a few more games. There are plenty of needs for a team that is getting long in the tooth at a few key positions.

The offensive line has been in shambles for a couple of seasons, and the secondary isn't nearly as good as advertised. The defense could lose a few veterans too, with players like Casey Hampton, Aaron Smith and others getting beaten up and old in NFL years.

Troy Polamalu, James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley have all been banged up too; depth is needed going forward. Center Maurkice Pouncey cannot be counted on in big games, and he is the Steelers' best offensive lineman. He missed the Super Bowl last season and the playoff game this year. 

As you can see, the Steelers need some youth at key positions. Here is my mock draft.

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