Published: Wed, May 03, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Pittsburgh Steelers Select With the 30th Pick

He possesses both great height, measuring in at 6-feet 4-inches tall, and length, with his arms measuring in at 34 inches.

Watt played in a 3-4 defense, the Steelers' preferred base, at Wisconsin. "With James Harrison nearing retirement, Watt can be his understudy while also stealing some snaps on run downs".

But what really excited Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert was the linebacker's hand usage. "This is a story about a young man that is a very good football player".

Nothing like that first phone call. Not bad for a player who arrived at Wisconsin in 2013 as a tight end and didn't switch to defense until 2015. — a three-time defensive player of the year — is one of the brightest stars.

Though only playing a year, Watt showed enough to be drafted in the first round. He trained with his teammates even as he underwent treatment and as his redshirt junior season went on last fall, the power and relentlessness that made him the 2014 ACC Player of the Year returned.

Still, despite all his positives, there are still a few concerns surrounding Watt.

"My parents were just real big on school", said Allen, who took 22 credits in his final semester. It does not make much roster sense to keep two long snappers on the roster, and even though Warren just received a contract extension in the February, his days with the Steelers may be numbered.

"I knew schematically it was a great fit for me and that's why I was intrigued by them so much", Watt said. Then, as a freshman and suffered a knee injury that required surgery.

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

Chad Reuter, "Grade A. The fact that T.J".

You didn't think I'd forget to talk about that familiar last name, now did you? J.J. Watt is an all pro defensive end for the Houston Texans.

Now he finds himself in a league where T.J.

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

However, J.J. Watt also posted a tweet with a possibly more ominous tone, one that referred to the fact that his Texans and the Steelers are set to square off on December 25.

- JJ Watt (@JJWatt) April 28, 2017Christmas Day is gonna be fun @_TJWatt! "I feel like the sky's the limit for what I can do on the field". But I don't want to say natural because I've seen the work. We've never been on the same field in full uniforms competitively before. Watt racked up 10 sacks, 16 QB hits, and 30 hurries on 279 rushes in 2016. "The thing most people told me was, 'Congratulations.' They knew my story". "That is why I can't wait to come to Pittsburgh and be my own person".

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