Steelers 2012 Position Battles: Nose Tackle

The next position battle on the list is at Nose Tackle.  The Steelers have a had a stud in this position for years.  Casey Hampton is expected to be sidelined at the beginning of the season though with his knee injury.  Hampton would like to be ready but he is still most likely going to end up on the PUP List when week 1 comes around.
That leaves a gaping hole in the middle.  Hampton is a huge asset.  Literally and figuratively.  The Steelers have counted on Hampton for a long time.  His role will be hard to replace.  Hampton is a space eater who makes all the players around him better by taking up 2 and sometimes 3 blockers.  The Steelers will try to fill that hole with one of three guys.  They have Ziggy Hood, Steve McLendon and fourth round pick Alameda Ta’amu.
I already have Hood starting at LDE.  He could make the transition to NT if the need were to arise.  He has been rumored to be possibly making the switch if necessary.  Hood could be a good nose tackle and would defi…

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