With the 24th overall pick in the 2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, Jason Garrison selected for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who earned the No. 24 pick with a record of 12-4 in the 2011 season. They went to the playoffs as a wildcard team and were knocked out in the first round by the Denver Broncos, who pulled off the upset with a Tim Tebow touchdown pass in overtime.
With the 24th overall pick in the 2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select....
Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
The Steelers are still a tough team defensively, but they aren't getting any younger either. James Farrior was a salary cap casualty and was cut this offseason and even though he was older, he will be missed. The Steelers have Stevenson Sylvester and Larry Foote, but it's unclear if Foote can be an every-down player and Dont'a Hightower would likely be a big upgrade at inside linebacker.
Keeping a talented group of linebackers will go a long way to secure the future of the Steelers' tough defense and Hightower, a hard-hitting and talented linebacker for one of the best college defenses could go a long way to making sure that the Steelers don't lose their reputation.
Dont'a Hightower Highlights:
Joe Goodberry's Instant Analysis:
Steelers look to add youth to their LB unit with Dont'a Hightower. This is an excellent fit because he and Lawrence Timmons are a good mix inside in the 3-4. Hightower is a powerful thumper who can help rush the passer. It's an instant athletic upgrade.
|#||Team||Picked By||Name/Positon of Pick|
|1||Indianapolis||Alex Neyer||Andrew Luck QB|
|2||Washington||David Farrelly||Robert Griffin III QB|
|3||Minnesota||Palewook||Matt Kalil OT|
|4||Cleveland||Jason Garrison||Justin Blackmon WR|
|5||Tampa Bay||Andrew Bernius||Morris Claiborne CB|
|6||St. Louis||Jim0ijk||Quinton Coples DE|
|7||Jacksonville||AK513||Melvin Ingram DE
|8||Miami||Dan Lockhart||Trent Richardson RB
|9||Carolina||Jason Blanton||Luke Kuechly LB|
|10||Buffalo||Casey Penn||Michael Floyd WR|
|11||Kansas City||Kenneth Taylor||David DeCastro OG|
|12||Detroit (projected trade)||Andrew Perrotta||Stephon Gilmore CB|
|13||Arizona||Dan Wolford||Riley Reiff OT|
|14||Dallas||Joshua Foster||Michael Brockers DT|
|15||Philadelphia||Travis Parker||Mark Barron S|
|16||New York Jets||Kenneth Taylor||Courtney Upshaw OLB|
|17||Cincinnati (from Oakland)||Jason Garrison||Dre Kirkpatrick CB|
|18||San Diego||Anthony Knox||Fletcher Cox DE|
|19||Chicago||Steve Whited||Kendall Wright WR|
|20||Tennessee||Jeff Welch||Nick Perry DE|
|21||Cincinnati||Jason Garrison||Cordy Glenn OG|
|22||Cleveland (from Atlanta)||Jason Garrison||Ryan Tannehill QB
|23||Seattle (projected trade)||Jared Egner||Whitney Mercilus DT|
|24||Pittsburgh||Jason Garrison||Dont'a Hightower LB|
|27||New England (from New Orleans)||Anthony Knox|
|28||Green Bay||Travis Castleman|
|31||New England||Anthony Knox|
|32||New York Giants||Matt Leitner|