In the 3-4 scheme of Dick LeBeau and the Pittsburgh Steelers, having a strong nose tackle is a must. For the better part of the last decade-plus, the man clogging the middle was none other than Mr. Casey Hampton. And he was a wall. A big, unmovable wall.
But the Steelers released the aging Hampton before last season started.
Statistically the Steelers ranked 21st in stopping the run last season which is just a little down from coming in second in 2012.
While Al Woods and company did a serviceable job plugging the middle, they were no Casey Hampton.
And Al Woods left in free agency, but luckily the Steelers signed big Cam Thomas who most recently played for the Chargers and also who most people smarter than me about football say has a huge upside.
But I don’t think the Steelers should stop there. They should look towards the draft.
Which leads us to cover32’s official Top 10 DT in the draft.
The Steelers sit at 15, so there’s a chance the top two guys will be there. Time will tell, but I would like to see Pittsburgh make DT a priority come April.
Be sure to check out cover32’s official Top 10 DT list by clicking HERE!