Pittsburgh Steelers: 6 Under-the-Radar Draft Needs

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Pittsburgh Steelers: 6 Under-the-Radar Draft Needs
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The Pittsburgh Steelers enter the 2012 NFL draft with distinct needs at inside linebacker, nose tackle and guard.

The release of James Farrior has left a gaping hole at inside linebacker. It should be expected that Larry Foote, who shared time at inside linebacker with Farrior last season, will enter the season as the starter.

Stevenson Sylvester will be the primary backup, but he has the athletic ability and potential to push Foote for playing time.

At the center of the defense, Casey Hampton is coming off of an ACL injury and is likely in his last season with the team, leaving Steve McLendon as the only healthy option at nose tackle right now.

Pittsburgh has a history of offensive line problems, and the weak spot along the line this season will be at the guard positions.

Ramon Foster is is a solid option at right guard and has improved over his first couple of seasons in the league, but left guard Doug Legursky is undersized and can be handled by the larger defensive tackles in the league.

Besides these positions, Pittsburgh has depth issues at a number of other positions, and if they are to be successful this upcoming season and in the future, they must address these under-the-radar needs in the draft.

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