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2012 NFL Draft: Will Melvin Ingram Fall To Steelers At No. 24?

The Pittsburgh Steelers are picking at No. 24 in the upcoming NFL Draft, and they have ben linked to a lot of players in that range who could fill their positions of need. But every year some elite prospects tumble down the draft board way further than anyone expects, and the Steelers could benefit if they target somebody who's stock is falling. According to the guys at Behind the Steel Curtain, that could be South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram. Here is a look at how he might fit on the Steelers.

On one hand, he's explosive - something Steelers coach Mike Tomlin certainly likes in his high-end draft picks. On the other, Ingram's size isn't quite prototypical for an outside linebacker - likely the position he'd play if he was in Pittsburgh. It's that lack of elite size that could cause Ingram to fall a bit, and teams picking in the bottom third of the draft don't always get that luxury.

Ingram might not have the size to line up as an outside linebacker, but he has a ton of versatility and could become a very interesting toy for the Steelers to play with on defense. Here is a video profile of Ingram from SB Nation.

For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain. For more on the NFL Draft, there's Mocking The Draft. Here's SB Nation's latest mock draft.

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