Why the Pittsburgh Steelers didn't draft an inside linebacker

He doesn't turn 21 until July and is the second-youngest player ever drafted by the Steelers.

It's a bit of a farce that we all put up with, and eagerly click on, each year. "I know a lot of teams were scared".

Sutton, the first cornerback drafted out of Tennessee since Jonathan Wade in 2007, accounted for seven interceptions, 127 tackles and 13 tackles for loss in his four-year play-making career at Tennessee. This is a player that a lot of experts had pegged as a flawless fit for the Steelers. T.J. Watt is 6-foot-4, 252 pounds with a 4.69 time in the 40. "There were several others that he looked like a third-round pick".

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.

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

Now for the very bad. Watt also happens to be the younger sibling of J.J. Watt, the superstar defensive end of the Houston Texans.

Expect Bell to continue to get a heavy workload, but Pittsburgh will finally have a guy to lean on in short-yardage and goal-line situation, or as a spot starter in case Bell goes down.

Ben Roethlisberger got help. And to wrap up the lost draft of 2017, the fifth, sixth and seventh round picks fail to make the team.




Watt is an outside backer, unlike his hell-raising defensive end of a big brother. All of the 32 National Football League franchises make up to seven rounds' worth of rookie acquisitions in order to build and maintain competitive rosters for seasons to come.

Hold onto your butts.

Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick in the NFL football draft T.J. Watt speaks during a news conference Friday, April 28, 2017, in Pittsburgh. The first meeting between J.J. and T.J. takes place on December 25 at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Smith-Schuster, compared by some scouts to Anquan Boldin, fulfills that potential and gives Pittsburgh the most sure-handed receiver in the game across the middle, while Martavis Bryant stretches defenses deep and Antonio Brown does Antonio Brown things, giving the Steelers the greatest collection of receivers of all-time. The Steelers got someone who could be an instant Pro Bowler, though. Conner can come into games late when the defense is exhausted and just keep pounding at them.

In a draft filled with diluted drug tests, rape allegations and domestic violence videos, there comes a great story every now and then.

After enrolling at Division II Winona State before spending two years as Division III UW-Stevens Point - between stints there he studied to be a welder at Mid-State Technical College - Ramczyk transferred to Wisconsin.

Now, Conner is ready to move next door after the Steelers selected him with this year's 105th overall pick.

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