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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Steelers Community Chooses Alabama Linebacker Dont'a Hightower

The 2012 NFL Draft is just about here, and the people over at Behind the Steel Curtain have been running a community Mock Draft to determine the results of the entire first round. They finally got to the Steelers pick at No. 24 overall and they elected to take Alabama linebacker Dont'a Hightower. Here is a little bit more on what the Steelers might see in Hightower.

Hightower was a team captain at Alabama in both his junior and senior seasons. He has a fabulous work ethic and will do "whatever it takes," (Coach Noll), to get the job done. He is tuned into all the right nutritional aspects of being a world-class athlete and takes his conditioning and training regimen very seriously. He has no off-field baggage concerns and graduated from Alabama in three-and-a-half years. What is not to like about the total package of this young man?

Hightower not only is a good prospect as a football player, he happens to be a near perfect fit for one of the Steelers' biggest positions of need. Normally teams have to debate whether or not to take the best player available or an inferior prospect at a position of need. In this instance, the Steelers may be able to add both with one pick.

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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