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ROTB Community Mock Draft, Pick 24: The Steelers Look To Replace Casey Hampton

This pick was made by Stemain' Beamin'

With the 24th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

I'd imagine the Steelers wouldn't be very pleased if the draft were to pan out this way, primarily because their need has been picked clean in the first 23 picks. Three tackles, two guards and even a center are already off the board leaving the Steelers to do what they do very well, sit back and take the BPA (at least arguably). A case could be made for others (Devon Still, Dont'a Hightower, Kendall Wright or a couple of corners), but Poe is a legit first round prospect with a very unique skill set. While questions remain about his on the field play measuring up to his workout numbers, the Steelers can't pass up this golden opportunity to roll the dice and find out if Poe is Casey Hampton's replacement.

Given Hampton's age (turning 35 in September) and injury situation (ACL surgery in January), this pick could be an absolute steal for the Steelers, who don't have an immediate replacement at the nose. Poe (6'3, 346) is an amazing athlete who wowed scouts at the combine by running a sub-5.0 forty and there was instant talk of him rising up draft boards, even as far as a top 10 pick. As the dust has settled from the combine though, people have started to question why this physical freak didn't dominate his competition like he should have at Memphis and the once fast rising prospect is now sitting in a bit of limbo. This isn't a guy I could see the Steelers trading up for but if he falls all the way to 24, I'm betting they can't get to the podium fast enough.

Commentary:

This is not only a potential value pick considering the drop he has made in this mock draft, but it definitely fills a team need. The questions about why he did not dominate more in college are valid, but as the Steelers are a team that likes to bring rookies along slowly, so by doing that, hopefully he develops that fire in his belly. He is potentially exactly the type of defensive tackle they want in their defensive schemes.

Results/Draft lineup:

1. Colts (psknapp), Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Redskins (psknapp), Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

3. Vikings (blank_38), Matt Kalil, OT, USC

4. Browns (Cardsdefense), Trent Richardson, RB. Alabama

5. Bucs (b0rd3rline) Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6. Rams (blank_38 and Cardsdefense) Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St

7. Jags (JSteezy) Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

8. Dolphins (alaskancard) Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

9. Panthers (hevchv) Quinton Coples, DE

10. Bills (skid83) Riley Reiff, OT Iowa

11. Chiefs (StuckinColorado) David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

12. Seahawks (LAcardsfan) Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

13. Cardinals (GreaZzy) Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

14. Cowboys (KDean75) Mark Barron, S, Alabama

15. Eagles (kj197728) Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

16. Jets (DrullinOverDaCards) Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

17. Bengals (CincyFan93) Stephen Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

18. Chargers (blank_38) Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia

19. Bears (Kdean75) Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

20. Titans (Cardsdefense) Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

21. Bengals (CincyFan93) Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

22. Browns (Cardsdefense) Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

23. Lions Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

24. Steelers (Steamin Beamin) Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

25. Broncos (Tues April 17) lacardsfan

26. Texans (Wed April 18) b0rd3rline

27. Patriots (Thurs April 19) psknapp

28. Packers (Fri April 20) GreaZzy

29. Ravens (Sat April 21)

30. 49ers (Sun April 22)

31. Patriots (Mon April 23) psknapp

32. Giants (Tues April 24) skid83