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2012 NFL Draft Grades: Reward And Risk In Steelers' Picks

The Pittsburgh Steelers got a steal with Stanford guard David DeCastro in the 1st round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Few experts thought DeCastro would fall that far. ESPN's Jamison Hensley noted that fortunate turn of events in his rewiew of the Steelers' draft class.

The riskiest move, in Hensley's eyes, was taking Mike Adams, the Ohio State offensive tackle, in the 2nd round. Questions about character and consistency plagued Adams in during his senior season at Ohio State and in the lead up to the draft.

As far as value, Pittsburgh found that with Washington nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu in the 4th round.

NT Alameda Ta'amu, Washington. Memphis' Dontari Poe, the draft's top-rated nose tackle, was taken at No. 11. The Steelers got the second-best one in Ta'amu 98 picks later in the fourth round. That's unbelievable value. The massive Samoan is the heir apparent to Casey Hampton.

For more analysis and Steelers coverage, check out Behind the Steel Curtain.

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