2012 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick 56

The SB Nation two-round NFL mock draft continues along with each lead NFL team blogger making the pick for their team. We continue the second round with the Pittsburgh Steelers and pick No. 56.

With the 56th pick in the SB Nation NFL writer's mock draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select Midwestern State offensive lineman Amini Silatolu.

Michael Bean from Behind the Steel Curtain checks in to explain the pick and I respond after the jump. For the latest on the Steelers, follow along at BehindTheSteelCurtain.com. Mr. Bean is also heading up the rapidly growing video wing of SB Nation. Check out these draft profiles they're putting out.

Michael Bean explains: After restocking at linebacker with the selection of Dont’a Hightower, it’s time to turn attention back to the Steelers’ most obvious area of need -- along the offensive line. Outside of Maurkice Pouncey, the two-time Pro Bowl center who has already cemented his status as one of the game’s very best, the Steelers could upgrade any and all other positions. None more so than at guard where the team has received average, and at times awful, play for several years now.

Enter Amini Silatolu, the raw but promising guard out of unknown Midwestern State. Despite having played against lesser competition, Silatolu’s upside and potential is easy to identify. The fact that he could potentially develop into a competent right tackle makes him even more intriguing considering the uncertainty of Willie Colon’s ability to stay healthy. I suppose the Steelers might be taking a big gamble on a prospect that has yet to show his mettle against the country’s best athletes, but the need is certainly there and the possibility of him blossoming into something special makes Silatolu worth the gamble in my mind.

Dan Kadar responds: The draft process is great. For the most part, no one actually knew who Silatolu was when actual games were being played. But the offseason process has propelled him to near the top of small school rankings. Now here he is a second-round pick in a mock draft to one of the best teams in the NFL. In the system the Steelers run, Silatolu can play right tackle. He was a left tackle at Midwestern State but doesn't project there because he lacks some foot quickness. But from a power and drive blocking standpoint, Silatolu can hold up. So that makes him a good pick for the Steelers.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College Report
32 Chris Polk
RB Washington
Coming soon!
34 Mohamed Sanu
WR Rutgers
Coming soon!
40 Orson Charles
TE Georgia
quick report
41 Dwight Jones
WR North Carolina
quick report
45 Jared Crick
DT Nebraska
prospect notes

Pick Team Player Pos. School Story
1 Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck QB Stanford Story
2 Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III QB Baylor Story
3 Minnesota Vikings Matt Kalil OT USC Story
4 Cleveland Browns Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State Story
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Morris Claiborne CB LSU Story
6 St. Louis Rams Trent Richardson RB Alabama Story
7 Jacksonville Jaguars Quinton Coples DE North Carolina Story
8 Miami Dolphins Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M Story
9 Carolina Panthers Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State Story
10 Buffalo Bills Mike Adams OT Ohio State Story
11 Kansas City Chiefs Riley Reiff OT Iowa Story
12 Seattle Seahawks Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama Story
13 Arizona Cardinals Jonathan Martin OT Stanford Story
14 Dallas Cowboys David DeCastro G Stanford Story
15 Philadelphia Eagles Luke Kuechly LB Boston College Story
16 New York Jets Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina Story
17 Cincinnati Bengals Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina Story
18 San Diego Chargers Mark Barron S Alabama Story
19 Chicago Bears Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame Story
20 Tennessee Titans Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama Story
21 Cincinnati Bengals Cordy Glenn OT Georgia Story
22 Cleveland Browns Kendall Wright WR Baylor Story
23 Detroit Lions
Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
24 Pittsburgh Steelers
Dont'a Hightower MLB Alabama
25 Denver Broncos
Michael Brockers DT LSU
26 Houston Texans
Dontari Poe DT Memphis
27 New England Patriots
Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
28 Green Bay Packers
Devon Still DT Penn State
29 Baltimore Ravens
Kevin Zeitler G Wisconsin
30 San Francisco 49ers
Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech
31 New England Patriots
Kendall Reyes DT Connecticut
32 New York Giants
Peter Konz C Wisconsin
33 St. Louis Rams
Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
34 Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener TE Stanford
35 Minnesota Vikings
Rueben Randle WR LSU
36 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin RB Boise State
37 Cleveland Browns
Zach Brown OLB North Carolina
38 Jacksonville Jaguars
Brian Quick WR Appalachian State
39 St. Louis Rams
Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina
40 Carolina Panthers
Lavonte David OLB Nebraska
41 Buffalo Bills
Chandler Jones
DE Syracuse
42 Miami Dolphins
Andre Branch DE Clemson
43 Seattle Seahawks
Mychal Kendricks MLB California
44 Kansas City Chiefs
Josh Robinson CB Central Florida
45 Dallas Cowboys
Nick Perry
DE Southern California
46 Philadelphia Eagles
Trumaine Johnson
CB Montana
47 New York Jets
Harrison Smith
S Notre Dame
48 New England Patriots
Shea McClellin
DE/OLB Boise State
49 San Diego Chargers
Dwayne Allen
TE Clemson
50 Chicago Bears
Brandon Thompson
DT Clemson
51 Philadelphia Eagles
LaMichael James
RB Oregon
52 Tennessee Titans
Vinny Curry
DE Marshall
53 Cincinnati Bengals
Lamar Miller
RB Miami
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