With the 24th Pick in the 2012 Dawgs By Nature Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers Select...

Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Dont'a Hightower runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

With the 24th pick in the 2012 Dawgs By Nature Community Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select...

Donta Hightower, LB, Alabama

This selection and write-up was made by rdy:

I believe the Steelers will take Hightower here even though they need O-line help the most. I was tempted to take a Rb but the Steelers are not known for drafting skill players in the 1st round. They also need a NT but with Dontari Poe gone I think they take the 2nd highest rated inside LB.

Although there are some concerns over his speed, Hightower is a very smart LB with experience in the 3-4. With the departure of Farrior he would be a solid option next to Timmons and would be able to make an impact as a rookie. With the history of LB pedigree that the Steelers have I could very well see them picking Donta Hightower.

This pick is a failure; Pittsburgh is supposed to get worse here, not better. In all seriousness, if Hightower is available at this point, this might be the latest lock in the draft.

The Denver Broncos are on the clock next (email will be sent to notthatnoise).

Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
1 Indianapolis Andrew Luck
QB Stanford Ryno III
2 Washington
Robert Griffin III QB Baylor Groza
3 Minnesota Matt Kalil LT USC pt_999
4 Cleveland Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State rufio
5 Tampa Bay
Trent Richardson RB Alabama Rounds94
6 St. Louis Morris Claiborne CB LSU SpecialBrownie
7 Jacksonville Quinton Coples DE North Carolina Chalmdeezy
8 Miami Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama gentryholdem
9 Carolina Dontari Poe DT Memphis nickjs21
10 Buffalo Melvin Ingram OLB South Carolina The New Kardiac Kids
11 Kansas City
David DeCastro OG Stanford Brownie's Year
12 Seattle Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College Jon @ DBN
13 Arizona Riley Reiff OT Iowa Browns town
14 Dallas Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama bross09
15 Philadelphia Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State PaduaDSP
16 N.Y. Jets
Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame Legoman0721
17 Cincinnati
Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech Bernie19Kosar
18 San Diego Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois Adrock2099
19 Chicago Jonathan Martin OT Stanford OrangeAndBrownFever
20 Tennessee Andre Branch DE Clemson iwearmocs
21 Cincinnati Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina Bernie19Kosar
22 Cleveland Nick Perry DE USC rufio
23 Detroit Mark Barron S Alabama nickmar19
24 Pittsburgh Donta Hightower LB Alabama rdy
25 Denver notthatnoise
26 Houston troy145
27 New England
Boston Browns
28 Green Bay
ScottJC
29 Baltimore Ecwingen
30 San Francisco -bobby-
31 New England
Boston Browns
32 N.Y. Giants
Red-Right-88
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