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In a second high-profile mock draft, Utah DT Star Lotulelei falls to Pittsburgh at No. 17.
Ourlads.com has been a friend of Behind The Steel Curtain for a few years now. It's one of the most insightful resources for draft information available. Excellent analysis that is skimpy on cliches and heavy on knowledge, their Chris Steuber's mock draft supported what Russ Lande had written last week; Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei will fall from an early projection in the top three to No. 17 overall.
In a league that is rapidly becoming offensive, the Steelers are a defensive minded team and have drafted as such over the years. The Steelers need a replacement for long-time nose tackle Casey Hampton, and Lotulelei is a perfect fit.
Nothing about the heart issue that caused him to pull out of the Combine in February. It's becoming borderline extinct to have a three-down defensive tackle nowadays anyway, but the athleticism that could be provided from Steve McLendon and Lotulelei would be impressive, to say the least.