NFL Draft 2017: What national pundits are saying about the Steelers after round one
While the AFC North rival Cleveland Browns made headlines by choosing Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett No. 1 overall with their first of three picks in round one, the Pittsburgh Steelers made just one selection Thursday night – Wisconsin outside linebacker T.J. Watt.
Watt, the younger brother of Houston Texans All-Pro defensive end J.J. Watt, was picked No. 30 overall by the defending AFC North division champions. The 2016 All-Big Ten first-team selection logged 63 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks during his final season with the Badgers.
PennLive’s Jacob Klinger gave the Steelers a “B+” grade for taking the 6-foot-4, 252-pound outside linebacker in the first round. Here’s Klinger’s take on the Watt pick:
“The Pittsburgh Steelers filled a positional need, albeit with a player who may not immediately start over James Harrison at right outside linebacker. He’s clearly the long-term future of the right edge rushing spot in Pittsburgh, though, and should give an added jolt to a crowded OLB room.”
The NFL Draft resumes tomorrow with rounds two and three. As of press time, the Steelers have one pick in the second round (No. 62 overall) and two in the third (No. 94, No. 105).
Here’s what NFL pundits are saying about Pittsburgh’s selection of Watt: