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T.J. Watt ready to write own tale in NFL with big brother

Thursday night, with the 30th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Steelers selected linebacker T.J. Watt, a redshirt junior out of the University of Wisconsin.

Enter Smith-Schuster, the second-youngest draft pick in Steelers' history (he won't turn 21 until November) who has the size (6-foot-1) Pittsburgh lacked last season while Bryant sat out. He is also a fast learner, going from tight end to linebacker in a year and being successful.

In a way, Watt views his inexperience as a selling point.

Watt earned first-team All-American honors by ESPN.com and Sports Illustrated, with second-team All-American selections by the Associated Press, CBS Sports, and Fox Sports. "I'm scratching the surface. When you have great competition, you tend to see the cream rise to the top". "I feel like the sky's the limit for what I can do on the field". The AFC North champions are looking to upgrade their pass rush after letting former No. 1 pick Jarvis Jones go in free agency. When T.J. Watt was selected, both of his brothers shared their joy online. Finally healthy last fall, he was a dominant force, a trait that runs in the family. Born into a family of football players, Watt grew taking inspiration from his elder brothers, J.J. Watt and Derek Watt.

Watt's brother, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, said he texted Steelers receiver Antonio Brown with ways to treat T.J. like a rookie. Conner adds depth to a backfield that features stud running back Le'Veon Bell, who has played in 16 games only once the last four seasons.

T.J. Watt embraces any talk of potential similarities.

"It'll be weird to be on the same field as J.J.in shoulder pads", Watt said.

"I think (T.J. Watt) just wants his shot, and I know some of the mock draft boards have him potentially coming here which would be great if he's even half the player that his brother is, but I'm sure there's pressure on him", Clay Matthews said. Watt later became the Badgers' defensive star. Then, the Steelers had dinner with Watt before his pro day and came away impressed. The team is putting a lot of stock in the production of Vince Williams, who will be the likely starter alongside Ryan Shazier after the departure of Lawrence Timmons in the offseason. "Doing all the little things like getting the right amount of sleep, hydration, just treating myself like a professional athlete while I was still in college". I learned so much from J.J.

"I don't think you could script James' story any better", Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said.

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