Originally posted on SteelerAddicts  |  Last updated 3/9/12
There are two draft picks that everyone seems to have the Steelers interested in since the combine, if not before. Dontari Poe appears to get further and further out of sight by the day with many experts saying he’s a top 15 pick by now. The more realistic name is Dont’a Hightower, LB out of Alabama. Of course you can still make a case for an offensive lineman in round one but for now let’s focus on why the need for middle linebacker seems to be so big; or is it? The Steelers have two solid options on the roster today, one of which should be capable of stepping in right away and the other with the potential to do so. James Farrior is gone now, free to sign with another team and the consensus is that his long time partner Larry Foote will take over opposite Lawrence Timmons. Makes sense; Foote has starting experience, knows the defense as well as anyone, and is 5 years the younger of Farrior. He’s solid in pass coverage, something that Potsie struggled with at times in 2011. Dick Lebeau
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