dglobalnews.com Three reasons why Steelers drafting Pitt's James Conner is ideal
Published: Wed, May 03, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Three reasons why Steelers drafting Pitt's James Conner is ideal

T.J., like his brother J.J., has an incredible motor. Of the 12 corners the Steelers have drafted since 2007, only William Gay, 2016 first round selection Artie Burns and Senquez Golson, who has yet to play a down for the Steelers, remain with the team. 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. Allen was able to turn 12 starts a year ago into four inceptions, which shows his ability to make plays on the ball, a skill in which the Steelers value in their corners. He watched brother J.J. go from a walk-on at Wisconsin to becoming one of the NFL's top defensive ends.

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.

"This is about T.J.", Colbert said. "I hope the guys that we play against are sentimental".

"It'll be weird to be on the same field as J.J.in shoulder pads", T.J. said.

Third-round pick, Tennessee cornerback Cameron Sutton, received his degree in December and also displayed his football smarts when Tomlin, Colbert and defensive coordinator Keith Butler met with him before the school's pro day. He's quick, and I believe it's been said in other scouting reports, but he has significant ability to use his hands to shed blocks, block passes, or as seen against Purdue, tip and intercept a pass and return for a pick-six. "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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"We did that. I looked at him and said, 'Coach, this kid is a first-round pick.' So we followed up on that".

"I have learned so much from J.J., and I have been able to translate that to myself". Though he got 269 defensive snaps in last season, what he did in his first three years is what told Colbert he could shorten the odds on the gamble that was this offseason in the heart of the Steelers' defense.

Despite only playing a couple of seasons at outside linebacker, Watt recorded a breakout year in 2016.

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

"At the end of the day, that film is what matters the most, and I think I put some good things on tape", he said after his pro day workout. (I'm not saying it's a rational thing; it's just a thing.) Pittsburghers love linebackers as much as they love eating french fries on their sandwiches, which is to say we reallylove them a lot. "That is why I can't wait to come to Pittsburgh and be my own person".

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