NFL Mock Draft 2012: Steelers Expected To Take Dont'a Hightower In Latest Mock

The Steelers' biggest needs are at inside linebacker, offensive guard and nose tackle ... but the Steelers don't draft primarily for need.

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2012 NFL Draft: Pitt Football Pro Day Scheduled For March 16

In getting ready for the 2012 NFL Draft and the next step in their football careers, a handful of Pitt football players will showcase their skills March 16 during the the Panthers' Pro Day. The showcase will come after the NFL's Draft Combine, which will be held Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis.

The event, which is a bit more personal than the NFL Combine and is held on the campus of Pitt, is important for those players wanting to improve their draft stock (like outside linebacker Brandon Lindsey and offensive lineman Lucas Nix) or players trying to be selected (like cornerback Antwuan Reed or defensive tackle Chas Alecxih).

Currently, NFLDraftScout.com projects both Lindsey and Nix are to be fourth- or fifth-round selections. The other two players, Reed and Alecxih, are not expected to be selected.

Check out the SB Nation's Cardiac Hill for everything on Pitt football. For more on the NFL Draft, check out Mocking The Draft.

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2012 NFL Draft: West Virginia Football Pro Day Set For March 16

In preparing for the 2012 NFL Draft and the next step in their football careers, a few West Virginia football players will showcase their skills March 16 during the the Mountaineers Pro Day. The showcase will come after the NFL's Draft Combine, which will be held Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis.

The event, which is a bit more personal than the NFL Combine and is held on the campus of WVU, will give Mountaineer outside linebacker Bruce Irvin a chance to impress NFL scouts and front-office brass. Draft projections currently list Irvin as a second- or third-round selection, but there is a big need for guys who can rush the quarterback, and that's just what Irvin does best.

The quickest pass rusher available in the draft, he is lighting fast off the snap and has a tremendous first step.

Meanwhile, inside linebacker Najee Goode, who is participating in the combine, isn't expected to be drafted, but could make some heads turn his way with a solid performance.

Check out the SB Nation blog The Smoking Musket for more on West Virginia football. For more on the NFL Draft, check out Mocking The Draft.

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