Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/15/13
As NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, would say, "With the 17th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select....."We can't exactly speculate who the Steelers will take in the Draft because it's so early, but what we can do is give some player profiles for the prospects we believe the team will look for at pick 17.If you read my previous article, "Pittsburgh Steelers: An Early Look First Round Mock Draft", you saw the five players that filled the positional needs of the Pittsburgh Steelers. For the next couple of weeks we will take a look at these players one at a time. Let's start with a huge presence in the middle of a defensive line in Ohio:Johnathan "Big Hank" HankinsJohnathan Hankins is a 6'2'' 322 pound nose tackle for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Hankins is a beast in the middle who demands being double teamed by opposing offensive lines. As stated before, "Big Hank's" importance cannot be found on a stat sheet. In his college career, Hankins racked up a total of 137 tackles and 4 sacks in 38 games with the Buckeyes. Respect for his size is what makes him a valuable pick in the first round. Hankins is a big, fast, and physical nose tackle and can make the best of a double team situation. The Steelers could definitely use a nose tackle like "Big Hank" as their current big man otherwise known as Casey "Big Snack" Hampton could be on his way out very soon. Hampton, 35, has a similar build to Hankins and was at one time a dominating nose tackle to be had. Hampton is getting old though, and can't stay in the game for long periods of time. If the Steelers select Johnathan Hankins 17th overall they could have no problems transitioning nose tackles and continuing their supremacy in the run game.  
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