2012 NFL Draft: Nose Tackles on Pittsburgh Steelers' Day 2 Board

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2012 NFL Draft: Nose Tackles on Pittsburgh Steelers' Day 2 Board
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Washington nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu should be on the Steelers' radar.

Put a big, fat check mark next to "guard" on the list of Steelers' needs in the 2012 NFL draft.

Now it's time to move on to nose tackle tonight. Inside linebacker can wait. What good is an inside linebacker if the nose tackle can't occupy blockers?

In my final Steelers' mock draft, I had them taking California inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks in the second round, but that was about 48 hours ago. That's an eternity during draft week.

I can see the Steelers taking a nose tackle tonight in the second round.

Casey Hampton has been the engine at the front and center of the Steelers' defense for the past decade. Before that engine completely breaks down, the Steelers need to groom a successor. Hampton will be 35 next season and is coming off ACL surgery. He might not be available for Week 1.

Steve McLendon is a stopgap at nose tackle and Ziggy Hood isn't dominant enough to play the position.

Hopefully Steelers coach Mike Tomlin will be on the phone tonight with his new nose tackle.

Not all of the following players are true nose tackles, but they're all 300-something-pounders who have filled that role at one time or another.

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