The Pittsburgh Steelers have already struck gold by taking an offensive guard from Stanford in the first round. The evidence would be none other than Pro Bowl player David DeCastro. If it worked once, why not try again, but this time on the left side with Stanford guard Joshua Garnett?
Before fans of the black and gold throw their computers out the windows for the team even considering an offensive player in the first round over the many holes on the defensive side of the ball, taking a player like Garnett makes sense, and is why Jon Ledyard of The Draft Wire has this pick taking place in his latest mock draft.
See what Ledyard has to say about the prediction:
25. Pittsburgh Steelers - Stanford OG, Joshua Garnett
Overview: The Steelers desperately need depth along the offensive line, and could be looking for a starter if Ramon Foster departs in free agency. Garnett can run gap or zone schemes coming from Stanford's pro-style offense, showing incredible power in the run game to displace defenders and open holes. Given Garnett's character, work ethic, intensity, smarts, and college of choice, there may not be a more obvious fit in the draft.
Selecting talent at the No. 25 position in the NFL Draft is far from a certainty. Instead of picking from whichever player you want, it turns into selecting from what is left. This is one of the main reasons the Steelers have adopted the 'Best Player Available' theory when approaching the draft. There is a good chance all the high end defensive players will be off the board before the Steelers select, and if the team loses Ramon Foster via free agency, this pick wouldn't be a luxury, but a necessity.
If Garnett does happen to be the Steelers' top choice this April, it would make for a dynamic interior line with DeCastro, Maurkice Pouncey and Garnett making up the offense's guards and center positions. It could be quite the dynamic for a team with two capable running backs in Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams, and a quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger who can pick any defense apart if given the time to do so.