Three reasons why Steelers drafting Pitt's James Conner is flawless
03 May, 2017, 01:39 | Author: Essie Rivera
Then the phone rang Friday night as the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft neared a close. He's the fifth player and the second defensive player from the U. drafted in 2017.
It's a bit of a farce that we all put up with, and eagerly click on, each year. Technically, a team should not exceed the NFL's limit at any time. although some leeway is allowed in the aftermath of the draft. Every draft grade should be Incomplete, if we're all being honest.
Lots of fans were thrilled when the Steelers chose him, including fan James Lucas. This is the first time Wisconsin had had two players selected in the first round since J.J.Watt and Gabe Carimi in 2011. There's nothing wrong with picking Conner in the third round.
Using two of the first four picks on offense isn't revelatory, but the Steelers' recent defensive slant makes early playmaker selections stand out. Seventh rounder Keion Adams doesn't make the team in this scenario because when seventh rounders contribute, you've drafted better than okay.
There are other question marks - he's not a pure pass rusher, he lacks burst speed, he plays with a narrow base - but the Steelers think that's stuff Watt can pretty easily improve upon.
Now for the very bad.
In surprising fashion, T.J. Watt, younger brother of current National Football League players Derek and J.J. Watt, came off the board before Badger teammate and offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk.
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.
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James Conner's story - from ACC Player of the Year in 2014 to cancer survivor - is one familiar to nearly everyone in Pittsburgh and certainly qualifies as a great story.
Conner never doubted he'd make the NFL. Watt later became the Badgers' defensive star. And what an terrible way that would be to remember the 2017 class: "Well, at least we got that good longsnapper, which is important because all we do is punt now, because we're worse than the Browns". He missed the first half of his senior season in 2016 with an ankle injury.
Hold onto your butts.
"This is about T.J.", Colbert said. The Steelers got someone who could be an instant Pro Bowler, though.
The incredible story of Pitt running back James Conner added another chapter tonight. A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he was one of the finest men in the history of our game and it was a privilege to work alongside him for so many years. The selection of Sutton is just another step in that direction.
This pick also, in all likelihood, gives the Steelers a solid one-two punch at running-back for many years to come. As for longsnapper Colin Holba? 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. Congratulations to the Steelers.
Hashtag: blessed. That right there is a good draft.
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