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Mock Draft Monday: The Pittsburgh Steelers surprise everyone and take an offensive tackle in Round 1

Everyone who follows the Pittsburgh Steelers knows they need to address some holes on the defensive side of the football, but in the latest Mock Draft they have Pittsburgh surprising many and taking an offensive tackle in Round 1.

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At a time when most fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers would bet the mother load on the team drafting a defensive player in the first round, there are some who can see them possibly turning to the offensive side of the ball early in the 2016 NFL Draft. Clearly, a lot can happen on draft day, but of the positions the team could address offensively, the offensive line is at the top of the list.

This is why the fine folks at have the Steelers taking an offensive tackle in the first round. Their pick at No. 25 -- Taylor Decker of Ohio State.

See what they had to say about the selection:

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

Kelvin Beachum is an impending free agent. If he's not retained, something will need to be done about Ben Roethlisberger's pass protection, which was not pretty to close out the year.

The tackle position certainly could look different in 2016. With Beachum set to hit the free agent market looking to make starting left tackle money, the Steelers could possibly be stuck with Alejandro Villanueva, Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams as their three main tackles on the depth chart. Such a lineup doesn't exude confidence in those men keeping Ben Roethlisberger upright.

Drafting Decker would help add both youth and talent to the mix at the tackle position, and he certainly has the look and pedigree of a NFL tackle.

Decker is 6-feet 7-inches and weighs in at 315-pounds and has been everything at the tackle position for Ohio State. As a sophomore, Decker started at right tackle, but moved over to the left side for both his Junior and Senior seasons.

Although Decker would be an attractive selection for the Steelers at No. 25, the question of whether he will still be available, as well as if there is a more impressive defensive player still be on the board when the Steelers pick, will certainly make for some difficult decisions come draft day. If the Steelers would somehow land Decker, they would have a solid tackle on their roster for years to come.