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NFL Mock Draft 2012: New Mock Has Steelers Taking Luke Kuechly

Revenge Of The Birds, SB Nation's Arizona Cardinals blog, has an unconventional take on a 2012 NFL Mock Draft. There are a number of things here I'm not sure I see happening, like Trent Richardson falling to No. 17 or Penn State's Devon Still falling to No. 27, but it's still fun to look at. At No. 24 overall, the Steelers take linebacker Luke Kuechly out of Boston College.

Kuechly is a standout athlete who is well decorated. The Steelers have an aging LB corps and will get a steal if Kuechly falls this far in the draft. Kuechly is the type of player that would fit well with the Steelers organization and would receive at least half a season behind the veterans to learn the complicated scheme of Dick LeBeau.

The Steelers do indeed need a linebacker; the question is whether Kuechly would fall that far -- he often goes earlier in mock drafts. Other needs for the Steelers include offensive guard and nose tackle.

For more on the NFL Draft, check out Mocking The Draft.

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