Monday, April 23, 2012
You make the call: Steelers' No. 24 pick
By Jamison Hensley
Four down, two more to go in our "You make the call" series.
Once we get through all six first-round selections, I will compile an AFC North fans' mock for the Bengals, Browns, Ravens and Steelers.
Today's pick is the Pittsburgh Steelers and the 24th overall pick. Here are the choices:
ILB Dont'a Hightower, Alabama: A two-time captain at Alabama, Hightower has outstanding size and strength, which he uses to stuff the run. One criticism is he's played too cautiously since his 2009 knee injury.
OT Bobby Massie, Mississippi: A big and athletic right tackle who is rising up draft boards. He needs to improve his technique and finish off blocks more consistently.
G Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State: Thick and nasty, Silatolu brings consistent intensity and power. But he is technically raw and has less-than-ideal foot speed.
DE-LB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama: His power and competitiveness jumps off the tape. He's not a great athlete and it showed in his combine results.