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Pittsburgh Steelers: Reviewing Their 2012 NFL Draft
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The Pittsburgh Steelers have made three Super Bowl appearances in the past seven seasons and have won two of them, but in recent years, their biggest Achilles' heel has been poor offensive line play. (In the 2010 season, it was obvious, with starting offensive tackle Willie Colon missing the entire year with a torn Achilles.)

Injuries and poor play have plagued the Steelers’ offensive line year in and year out, and as a result, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has subjected to consistent hits, which has often left him battling injuries of his own.

The Steelers made strides in fixing their offensive line in the 2010 and 2011 NFL draft, with the 2010 first-round selection of center Maurkice Pouncey and the 2011 second-round selection of offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert.

In the 2012 NFL draft, the Steelers needed to fill in the missing pieces to finally have a functional offensive line that could efficiently protect Roethlisberger and establish a rushing offense that could be without injured running back Rashard Mendenhall for some or all of the 2012 season.

Did the Steelers do what they needed to do to fix the offensive line, and subsequently, address their other needs with sufficient value?

Read through the following slides to find out.

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