AFC North draft report: Steelers build up the outside

TJ Watt ready to write own tale in NFL with big brother

T.J. Watt: the first overall pick for the SteelersT.J.

The Steelers used their first round selection on Wisconsin outside linebacker T.J. Watt.

During the off season, the Pittsburgh Steelers did not make as many trades as those around them did, probably due to the fact that they were one game away from making another Super Bowl appearance last season.

Watt was the first Badger selected in this year's NFL Draft.

T.J. Watt has a lot of upside and is a very good pick this late in the draft.

T.J., like his brother J.J., has an incredible motor. Sutton played primarily as a cover corner in college, which should benefit the Steelers, who lack man-to-man defenders in the secondary. The San Fransisco 49ers got two instant defensive starters in the first round by trading down a spot and then coming back into the first round and drafting Rueben Foster, arguably the biggest steal of Day 1.

Friday night, Conner watched the NFL Draft with family and friends in Erie, hoping to hear from a team. Seventh rounder Keion Adams doesn't make the team in this scenario because when seventh rounders contribute, you've drafted better than okay.

Pittsburgh continued to do its homework on Watt, the younger brother of Houston Texans All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt, a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Fans nationwide let out a collective, "Huh?!?" when the Steelers took Louisville long snapper Colin Holba in round six. He came to Utah as a big, athletic wide receiver. While Landry Jones remains the top backup, expect Dobbs to make a run at third-stringer Zach Mettenberger and - who knows - maybe even be "the guy" after Roethlisberger decides enough is enough. "The way he attacks the ball-carrier, I think he can help Coach (Danny) Smith's (special teams) room and the special teams", Lake said. The Steelers, as much as any team in the National Football League, like getting young players they believe they can develop, ones who might not have to unlearn bad habits picked up by extended stays in college. It'll be interesting to see if the Steelers choose to use him in that capacity. None of the Steelers' selections, bar Holba, should walk into starting roles with the team, but the draft class has the potential be significant contributors in the 2017 season. The Steelers will try again to find a pass-rushing complement for James Harrison, whom one would assume at some point in his 50s or 60s will have to stop playing football.



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