NFL Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers final grade

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Chad Reuter, "Grade A. The fact that T.J". His brother, J.J., was a tight end as well previously but started for Wisconsin for two seasons at defensive end before heading to the National Football League (that doesn't include being on scout team the first season due to NCAA transfer rules - so essentially three years on defense).

Part of the reason that the Steelers feel this way is because Watt is actually a converted linebacker - he originally went to Wisconsin as a tight end. He had the production, recording 11 ½sacks last season. "I don't think people know who I am at this point because I have been in such a big shadow".

"I was a first or second team all-American after 18 months of playing defense", Watt said. "I'm scratching the surface". Watt would be a thrilling first-rounder in this market even if his last name were not Watt and his brother were not a future Hall of Famer. The Steelers struggled to generate any kind of consistent pressure on Brady, something they know they need to change if they want to end the Patriots' vice grip on the conference.

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"The ability to add a young receiver who has big possession type abilities and big red zone abilities was important", general manager Kevin Colbert said.

With good height, long arms, a solid vertical, and a competitive streak that sees him win the majority of toss-ups that come his way, Smith-Schuster should develop into a strong slot option in the red zone, which is something that they haven't really had since Jerricho Cotchery left a few years ago. Watt racked up 10 sacks, 16 QB hits, and 30 hurries on 279 rushes in 2016. Finally healthy last fall, he was a dominant force, a trait that runs in the family. He figures to serve as a complement to the Steelers' top back, Le'Veon Bell, who averaged almost 30 carries per game last season.

"It's gonna be weird seeing J.J. on the the football field with pads on while I have pads on, 'cause that has never happened before". "My first exposure to him was the LSU game at Lambeau (Field) earlier past year in September, and just to watch him with some of the things he was asked to do in that game". "You go back to games he played well in, I look at the North Carolina game, the Virginia Tech game". "It's not about J.J., it's not about Derek ... this is about T.J. and what he can do".

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In 2016, he became a defensive starter, standing up as an outside linebacker in the Badgers' 3-4 scheme. Sure, there's pressure. Then again, without spending his life watching his thing, Watt understands he might not even be here. T.J. Watt might just be in for a little more hazing that day.

"I have learned so much from J.J., and I have been able to translate that to myself". The Steelers sucked in the '80s, but Ham and Lambert eventually gave way to Jason Gildon and Joey Porter, two star outside backers, at the turn of the millennium.

"It's just incredible. We are so proud of James and thrilled that our neighbors got themselves a world-class person and player".

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