2012 NFL Mock Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers Bolster O-Line with Kelechi Osemele
The Pittsburgh Steelers, coming off a Super Bowl trip in 2010, don't have as many needs as other teams likely will in the 2012 NFL Draft, but that's not to say they don't have any.
Beyond the team's secondary, which is littered with young players and veteran free agent corner Ike Taylor, the Steelers also have a bit of work to do on the offensive line.
Although the Steelers grabbed former Florida offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert in the second round at No. 63 overall, even if he does develop into a starter the Steelers are going to need more help for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
As both Roethlisberger and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning showed at times in 2010, you can only get rid of the ball so quickly, and sometimes forced throws result in interceptions.
Roethlisberger, like Manning, is a great quarterback, but even the great ones need some time in the pocket, and the Steelers still need to fill both the guard and tackle spots.
By drafting Gilbert, the Steelers got a player who could potentially play both positions in the NFL, so the team will likely go with the best available offensive lineman in the 2012 NFL Draft, or a player who fits both positions like Gilbert.
With Iowa State offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele, the Steelers could potentially get both.
At 6-foot-4, 325 pounds, he's strong enough to hold up in the interior, and surprisingly agile for his size, which could see him at the tackle spot in the NFL, as well. He's simply a great fit for the Steelers' blocking scheme.
The Steelers gave up 43 sacks last season. The fact that Roethlisberger threw only five interceptions is more of a credit to him and the offensive gameplan than the offensive line.
Osemele could potentially plug either the guard or tackle position, and if he works out along with Gilbert, look for another run to the Super Bowl in 2012.
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2. Washington Redskins: Andrew Luck
3. Denver Broncos: Matt Barkley
4. Arizona Cardinals: Matt Kalil
|17. Kansas City Chiefs: Manti Te'o|
18. New York Giants: Zach Brown
19. Jacksonville Jaguars: Vontaze Burfict
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cliff Harris
|5. Tennessee Titans: Jerel Worthy |
6. Buffalo Bills: Donte Paige-Moss
7. Seattle Seahawks: Dre Kirkpatrick
8. Cincinnati Bengals: Trent Richardson
|21. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon|
22. San Diego Chargers: Keenan Robinson
23. Indianapolis Colts: Jeff Fuller
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Travis Lewis
|9. Cleveland Browns: Alshon Jeffery |
10. Minnesota Vikings: Jonathan Martin
11. San Francisco 49ers: Stephon Gilmore
12. Oakland Raiders: Janoris Jenkins
|25. New England Patriots: Andre Branch|
26. Cleveland Browns: Mike Adams
27. Baltimore Ravens: Robert Lester
28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kelechi Osemele
|13. Miami Dolphins: Landry Jones |
14. Detroit Lions: Luke Kuechly
15. Dallas Cowboys: Jayron Hosley
16. Houston Texans: Ray-Ray Armstrong
|29. Chicago Bears: Michael Floyd|
30. New York Jets: Brandon Jenkins
31. New England Patriots: Jared Crick
32. Green Bay Packers: Chase Minnifield
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