Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 Mock Draft, 4/9/12

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Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 Mock Draft, 4/9/12
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When all was quiet during free agency for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Steelers Nation did not fear, because that is exactly what we are all used to. The one thing that was most impressive is that Mike Wallace was not signed by any other team, and unless he signs an offer sheet with another team before next Friday, he will return to the Pittsburgh Steelers for 2012.

That being said, the most exciting part of the off season for Steelers fans is only two weeks away, and Steelers Nation is getting excited about the new additions to the roster that will join the team via the draft.

Now, it is obvious that mock drafts are a shot in the dark, simply because there is no way to tell who will be picked prior to the Steelers 24th selection.

However, one of three situations will occur during the first day of the NFL draft:

1. Pittsburgh will trade up. Not likely because they have only done that twice in the last 40 years.

2. They will trade down. Again, not likely, even though there is a better possibility than trading up.

3 - They will take the "Best Available Player" on their board when they are on the clock. Most likely situation.

The reality is that there are not many teams in the NFL that do a better job at using their first-round selection. The last time the Steelers busted with their first-round pick would be in 1999, with the selection of Troy Edwards.

The Steelers had lost Charles Johnson and Yancee Thigpen in the previous two off seasons and were slated to have Courtney Hawkins and Will Blackwell as their starters. (Hines hadn't shown Steelers Nation who he was at that point)

So, instead of drafting the best available player, the Steelers selected for need and ended up drafting one of the biggest busts for the Steelers in the last four decades.

When you look at the link above where it says "Best Available Player," you will see the formula the Steelers use to determine that (at least in my opinion), and you will see why I may not have on there the player you think the Steelers should have, at least not in the first two rounds. (If it is not linked yet, check back later today.)

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