Pittsburgh Steelers use 30th pick on linebacker TJWatt

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"Hearts and smarts", coach Mike Tomlin said, referring to an oft-used line by general manager Kevin Colbert. Foster's girlfriend was on the phone with the Saints at the time of the 49ers call.

T.J. Watt heads to Pittsburgh as one of the most promising young men in football. "This kid is a solid football player that is really only scratching the surface as a defensive player". Watt began his football career as a tight end recruit for the Wisconsin Badgers. When Chryst and his staff took over in 2015, they approached Watt about making the switch to defense. Steelers linebacker Arthur Moats made the announcement at the draft in Philadelphia.

Don't misunderstand. Watt can play the game.

"I'll do anything possible to bring the Steelers back to the Super Bowl, special teams, be a role player", Schuster-Smith said. "My first exposure to him was the LSU game at Lambeau (Field) earlier previous year in September, and just to watch him with some of the things he was asked to do in that game".

"I was a first or second team all-American after 18 months of playing defense", Watt said.

THE NEXT BEN? Roethlisberger hinted at retirement earlier in the offseason before announcing he was returning, an announcement that came just a couple of days after Dobbs made a pre-draft visit.

Still, despite all his positives, there are still a few concerns surrounding Watt. He finished the year with 23 tackles, two tackles for loss, one interception, and five passes defended. He was a three-star prospect and the just the 49th best player in the state of Georgia when he signed with the Vols out of Jonesboro High School.

Another area for concern is regarding injuries.

Watt was mocked most often to his hometown team, the Green Bay Packers, who also are in need of an edge pass-rusher.

"We went through some film and different things and different schematics", Colbert said.

"Look over my brother, make sure to haze him a little extra for me", Watt told ESPN on Friday about his exchange with Brown.

T.J. Watt embraces any talk of potential similarities. He sat out the 2015 season after injuring his knee and then was diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma. Watt went 11th overall to Houston in 2011.

- JJ Watt (@JJWatt) April 28, 2017Christmas Day is gonna be fun @_TJWatt!

"It'll be weird to be on the same field as J.J.in shoulder pads", said T.J., the 22-year-old Steelers linebacker. It wouldn't surprise me if Watt became an above-average contributor for a playoff team as a rookie. I've seen him play a bunch. We've never been on the same field in full uniforms competitively before.

But championships aren't won with draft-day headlines.

The Steelers selected Wisconsin Badgers linebacker T.J. (I'm not saying it's a rational thing; it's just a thing.) Pittsburghers love linebackers as much as they love eating french fries on their sandwiches, which is to say we reallylove them a lot. That's the big selling point here.



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