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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Do Steelers Need Another Tight End?

Heath Miller is the definition of a solid tight end in the NFL. He makes a positive impact in the run game and pass protection when that his assignment, and he is a reliable receiver for Ben Roethlisberger. But he doesn't fit the mold of a the new NFL tight end; big, athletic and able to cause matchup problems with everyone on the opposing defense. That kind of presence could change the Steelers offense completely. With that in mind, Peter Schrager at Fox Sports has the Steelers taking Coby Fleener in the first round of his latest Mock.

If the success of Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Aaron Hernandez, and Vernon Davis showed us anything this season, it's that a dynamic tight end can make a good offense into a great one. Heath Miller's had a great run in Pittsburgh, but Fleener would be a tremendous addition to the already potent Steelers offense. Andrew Luck's top target at Stanford, Fleener is a 6-6, 240 pound athletic big man who could make an immediate impact on the next level.

If Fleener can in fact make that kind of difference, he is worth the pick. But the Steelers have a few needs that are far more pressing than tight end, and their first round pick may be better spent in those areas.

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