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Expert breaks down Steelers’ draft choices |

Expert breaks down Steelers’ draft choices

| Thursday, April 26, 2012 1:35 a.m

Dave-Te’ Thomas is a talent evaluator and personnel consultant who operates Scouting Services Inc. and produces a publication provided by the NFL to the media in preparation for the annual draft.

Thomas analyzed the Steelers’ needs for the Tribune-Review. He projects the Steelers’ selections in each of the seven rounds — one prediction based on positional need and the other based on the best available athlete.

Thomas doesn’t rule out the Steelers selecting a running back in the first round. Citing concerns over pass coverage, Thomas isn’t as high on Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower, a noted run stopper, as some who have Hightower going to the Steelers at No. 24.

Moreover, Thomas cautions that the Steelers’ recent drafts have featured an organizational tug-of-war between selecting the best athlete and addressing a positional need with the top pick.

Round One (24th selection)

Draft Need Selection: MICHAEL BROCKERS, Defensive Tackle/Nose Tackle, Louisiana State

Best Available Athlete Selection: CORDY GLENN, Guard/Tackle, Georgia

Round Two (56th)

Draft Need: BRANDON BROOKS, Guard, Miami University

Best Available Athlete: MOHAMED SANU, Receiver, Rutgers

Round Three (86th)

Draft Need: ROBERT TURBIN, Tailback, Utah State

Best Available Athlete: MIKE MARTIN, Nose Tackle, Michigan

Round Four (119th)

Draft Need: BOBBY WAGNER, Inside Linebacker, Utah State

Best Available Athlete: KEENAN ROBINSON, Inside Linebacker, Texas

Round Five (159th)

Draft Need: ZEBRIE SANDERS, Tackle, Florida State

Best Available Athlete: TAUREN POOLE, Tailback, Tennessee

Round Six (193rd)

Draft Need: JURON CRINER, Receiver, Arizona

Best Available Athlete: NICK FOLES, Quarterback, Arizona

Round Seven (240th)

Draft Need: B.J. COLEMAN, Quarterback, Tennessee-Chattanooga

Best Available Athlete: ROBERT BLANTON, Cornerback/Safety, Notre Dame

Round Seven (246th)

Draft Need: BRETT ROY, Defensive End/Tackle/Inside Linebacker, Nevada

Best Available Athlete: BRADIE EWING, Fullback, Wisconsin

Round Seven (248th)

Draft Need: BLAIR WALSH, Kicker, Georgia

Best Available Athlete: DERREK CARRIER, Tight End/Receiver, Beloit College

John Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at

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