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Old 01-13-2013, 08:37 PM   #21
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Default Re: 2013 Draft: Maybe it needs to be about offense instead of defense

Matt Miller's take on our draft:

17. Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pick: ILB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame

How much did Manti Te'o hurt his stock in the National Championship game against Alabama? Not at all.

Those who read this article each week saw Te'o drop to No. 17 overall in our first mock draft after the regular season ended. This is where Te'o's true value is at—between picks No. 15 and No. 25. Not in the top five as may have been suggested earlier in the year.

The Steelers need to get younger and faster on defense, and in a 3-4 scheme Te'o would be a nice asset next to Lawrence Timmons at inside linebacker. Te'o has the quickness to lock down the run between the tackles, and while he doesn't have great speed, he'll be able to cover most tight ends and backs when Timmons isn't asked to.

Te'o to the Steelers won't fill the team's biggest need, but it does give them youth, speed and impact on defense.

2.18—Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pick: FS Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma
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