2012 NFL Draft: 5 First-Round Luxury Options for the Pittsburgh Steelers

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2012 NFL Draft: 5 First-Round Luxury Options for the Pittsburgh Steelers
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have only a few needs as they head into the 2012 draft, which the team could address in the first round.

One of the biggest needs is on the offensive line at guard, where they need an immediate upgrade for Doug Legurksy at left guard. However, with the depth at guard in the draft, Pittsburgh may wait until the second or third round to address this area.

The only other two needs come on defense, and there are players in place to hold onto a starting role for at least one more season.

Casey Hampton has at least one more year with the Steelers, and Steve McLendon proved to be a valuable backup at nose tackle. There is also depth at the position where the Steelers could find a quality player in the second or third round.

The only remaining hole on the roster is at inside linebacker, where Larry Foote is expected to take over full-time for James Farrior.

Though Foote is not an ideal option, there will not be a drop-off in production from last season, where Foote split time with Farrior. Stevenson Sylvester has potential to be a good role player to share time with Foote this year.

With a lot of money invested in the linebacker position, the Steelers may not want to invest in a first-round pick at the position.

That leaves a number of luxury options for Pittsburgh to address in the draft, whether it be at the skill positions on offense or more depth in the defensive backfield.

One luxury option, Coby Fleener, became nothing more than a long shot after the Steelers announced that they signed Leonard Pope on Monday.

Here are five potential luxury selections, included several that I have said to avoid, for the Steelers in the first round.

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