Steelers post-combine mock draft: Pittsburgh gets back to their roots

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Steelers mock draft round 2 (via CHI): DL Gervon Dexter

It almost hurts to think back and reminisce about the days when the Steelers interior defensive line included Cameron Heyward, Stephon Tuitt, and Javon Hargrave in the primes of their careers. Just a few short years later, Tuitt is retired from the NFL, Hargrave is on a different club, and Heyward is approaching his final NFL season.

Try as they may, the Pittsburgh Steelers have failed to fill Tuitt's shoes. Drafting DeMarvin Leal in the third round last year was a nice start, but it seems like he will be more of a rotation interior pass-rusher than a true full-time 5-technique.

This is where Gervon Dexter would be a tremendous fit. At the NFL Combine, Dexter measured in at 6'6'' and 310 pounds -- sharing a similar size profile to Tuitt coming out of Notre Dame back in 2014. Dexter also increased his stock by running a 4.88 at his size and testing as a 92nd-percentile athlete among defensive tackles.

Dexter has two-gapping ability and can hold up well at the point of attack -- making him an ideal fit for Pittsburgh's base 3-4 defense. However, he showed that he has enough athletic traits to be a three-down player. Though he wasn't overly productive at Florida, he could still offer something as a pass rusher in the NFL.