Steelers on offensive in National Football League draft, which Ben Roethlisberger will love

2017 NFL Draft Results Pittsburgh Steelers select RB James Conner with compensatory 3rd round pickMore

The Steelers had eight selections in the draft. 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. Conner insisted he's not looking to challenge Bell's spot.

"I have learned so much from J.J., and I have been able to translate that to myself". He is a great character guy and the Steelers have seen him plenty since he is a local kid. "I'm just gonna keep working out and come draft night let the cards fall where they may".

The secondary received some depth with cornerbacks Cameron Sutton (third round) and Brian Allen (fifth) and Pittsburgh ended things by taking a flyer on outside linebacker Keion Adams from Western Michigan. The Dobbs pick goes south if he not only fails to replace Ben Roethlisberger, but also Zach Mettenberger.

"At the end of the day, that film is what matters the most, and I think I put some good things on tape", he said after his pro day workout. "Can play inside (and) outside".

"We just like everything that we saw about Josh ... in terms of potential upside, natural leadership skills, communication skills", Tomlin said. If the ball is thrown to him in a 50/50 situation, he is the type of receiver that can win that confrontation and would make a great counter foil for a speedier receiver like Brown on the opposite side. Smith-Schuster is a big target and projects as a possession receiver in the NFL. He won't turn 21 until November, when he's more than halfway through his rookie season.

"I think we're trying to find the good players all the time that create competition", offensive coordinator Todd Haley said of adding the 6-foot-2 Smith-Schuster at No. 60 overall. Watt got called into Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst's office.

Conner, as if you needed me to tell you, is an all-effort player and willing to do anything to help a team. The tweets were subsequently deleted. Pittsburgh let Jarvis Jones, the franchise's top pick in the 2013 draft, walk in free agency after four underwhelming seasons.

But toward the end of the third round, we got a truly inspirational pick.

Mock drafts weren't including T.J. Watt as a first-round pick when he made a decision to leave the University of Wisconsin following a breakout season as a redshirt junior. He can also get around the field very well and will be useful in situational downs particularly against the run.

While the Pittsburgh Steelers are more often a best-player-available drafting franchise, that tradition and beliefs often associated with crystal clear needs and this year's draft process should be no different.



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