Apr 26, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers fans from left Yusuf Cawthon , Joseph Cawthon , James Hatcher and Zach Cawthon pose for a photo before the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE
The dream many had of workout warrior Dontari Poe getting a nod from the Steelers at pick 24 is over. Poe was taken by Kansas City at No. 11, joining other notable high first-round defensive linemen Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson.
Interestingly, Poe went one pick before Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox, who appeared in his first 1.5 highlight plays to have produced more than Poe did all last season.
Cox was seen by many as the "safest" pick of the draft, and Philadelphia traded up with Seattle to land him.
After a slew of trades early, the middle of the first round looks to be stabilizing, but with tantalizing prospects like OG David DeCastro (shhhh...don't jinx it) and WR Michael Floyd, more trades could pick up by the end of the first half.
Outside of Poe, no other realistic (again, shhh....) prospects the Steelers may have been targeting have been taken yet. Several offensive tackles are still on the board, which could create an interesting logjam in later picks.