Pittsburgh loves a good pass-rushing backer. The regional identity of Western Pennsylvania is tied up in its professional football team. The identity of that team has long been tied up in its linebackers.
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At pick 30, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected T.J. Watt, an edge rusher from the University of Wisconsin. The former Badger will provide Blitzburgh with an ability to make plays coming from the edge which the Steelers identified as a need during the offseason. Watt will immediately help add speed and athleticism to the Steelers’ pass rush, making it ever more dangerous.
T.J. Watt spent his childhood playing in the considerable shadow of older brothers J.J. and Derek. The neophyte linebacker still very much in the embryonic stage of his career will get his chance to step into his own with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The reigning AFC North champions selected Watt with the 30th overall pick in the draft on Thursday, won over by the 22-year-old's energy and the raw materials they covet: namely speed, potential and an ability to get to the quarterback as often as possible.
Pittsburgh legends Franco Harris and Jerome Bettis delivered the Steelers’ draft pick and some words in memory of late team chairman Dan Rooney. The two Super Bowl-winning, retired Steelers tailbacks came to the stage in Philadelphia as the Steelers made their pick (linebacker T.J. Watt), and paid fitting tribute to Rooney, a member of the Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport and lifelong figure within the Steelers’ organization.
Coming off a strong 115 campaign, the Steelers are looking to contend going into the 2017 season. William Gay has been a smart, reliable piece for this defense for the better part of 10 years, but in 2016 he lost a step. In the Steelers’ scheme, slot corner is a difficult position because of the various matchup zone reads their coverage rules involve.
The writing team of Steelers32 is just as curious as the rest of Steelers Nation when predicting which prospect the black and gold select with the 30th-overall selection in tomorrow’s draft. The team has been together a short time yet they are already throwing together a team piece by writing up their prediction for the Steelers’ first round selection. Each team member will prognosticate the selection and give some insight as to why they decided the Steelers would go that route.
A year ago, the Steelers signed Ladarius Green to a four-year, $20 million contract, thinking that meant they had found Heath Miller’s replacement at tight end. It hasn’t worked out that way. Green missed 10 games in the regular season and all three games in the postseason, and now the Steelers aren’t sure he’ll ever be ready to go. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes that the Steelers’ coaches may not have any hopes for Green, and the Steelers are likely to draft a tight end. There were reports shortly after Green arrived in Pittsburgh that the Steelers found out only after he signed that a lingering ankle issue and a history of concussions were worse than the team thought. The
Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant was reinstated today by the NFL and will make an immediate impact on an already loaded offensive squad. Bryant violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy for the second time last year landing him with a 16 game suspension. The 2016 suspension comes on the heels of a four game suspension in 2015.