The 2012 NFL Draft starts on Thursday night, so if there is anyone out there who still wants to get their draft opinion in before the wire, this would be the time to do it. With the draft mere hours away now, the guys at SB Nation have come out with the final version of their 2012 NFL Mock Draft. Despite all the time to reflect on the pick for the Steelers, they have the same player there that we've seen for the last couple of weeks; Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower.
Kuechly and Hightower rank well above the other linebackers in the draft, non-pass rusher category. He has some ability as a pass rusher, and will fit nicely on the strong side there.
We all know how Hightower would fit in with the Steelers defense, and it doesn't seem farfetched to think that he will still be on the board when the Steelers pick at No. 24. Whether or not that is how the draft actually plays out, remains to be seen.