It's like Christmas Eve for NFL fans. All of the presents are wrapped under the tree and you are just waiting to rip them open. The 2012 NFL Draft is just about here.
Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers would really like to unwrap a guard, nose tackle or inside linebacker. A tackle or outside linebacker would be helpful as well.
Maybe the team will surprise them with a running back, wide receiver, or safety. There are numerous exciting possibilities.
Pittsburgh will select in the final quarter of the first-round with the 24th spot where should have a number of quality prospects available. In his pre-draft press conference on April 23rd, General Manager Kevin Colbert said, "It is important that the Steelers find a good player." (via Steelers.com).
“As I said many times, you can’t miss on Nos. 1, 2 or 3,” continued Colbert. “Those are premium picks. You shouldn’t miss on a first-rounder. To me, that’s a given.”
Pittsburgh has not missed on a first-round selection since Colbert came to Pittsburgh. He has produced some excellent first-round selections including Casey Hampton, Troy Polamalu, Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey.
Since Mike Tomlin became head coach, the Steelers have alternated selecting offensive and defensive players in the first round. They selected Lawrence Timmons (ILB-2007), Rashard Mendenhall (RB-2008), Ziggy Hood (DE-2009), Maurkice Pouncey (C-2010) and Cameron Heyward (DE-2011) over the past five drafts.
Will Pittsburgh continue this pattern and address the offense by taking a lineman or another receiving option for Roethlisberger? Or will they continue their defensive youth movement by using a pick to improve their front-7?
It is only hours till we find out so here is my final mock draft for the Pittsburgh Steelers. It has been put together based on Matt Miller's final mock draft. Any players taken prior to the Steelers' selection are not available.
So now, as the commissioner will say on Thursday, "With the 24th overall selection of the 2012 NFL draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select..."