Published: Wed, May 03, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Steelers grab Pitt star, cancer survivor James Conner


How's a backfield of Conner and LeVeon Bell look? Not only is Holba a long snapper, but he will be competing against Greg Warren, one of the best in the business, for a roster spot.

The neophyte linebacker still very much in the embryonic stage of his career will get his chance to step into his own with the Pittsburgh Steelers. His brother is a superstar, a three-time AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year and four-time All-Pro who has 76 sacks in six seasons, even though he missed most of last season with a back injury.

Pittsburgh loves the big, bad power running back. Markus Wheaton spent most of 2016 hurt then left for Chicago in free agency.

-Lake liked the physicality Allen applied to tackling, even as a player who was still developing after transitioning to defense.

The 6-foot-4, 252-pound Watt joins an outside linebacker group that includes James Harrison, who turns 39 next week, and 2015 first-round pick Bud Dupree.

"To do that in his first year at the position is really awesome", Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said. He does not have the physical strength and size most would want in an OLB but his speed is a big plus and can make him hard to keep pinned down if he is not engaged in a hold.

Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware, one of the toughest players in college football, said Conner was his least-favorite player to tackle and that the running back one time broke his facemask in a game on one collision.

Pittsburgh added much needed secondary depth with the first of its two third-round picks, taking Tennessee cornerback Cameron Sutton with the 94th overall pick.

On Thursday evening, Mike Tomlin mentioned how he didn't think Watt was "raw" but just not with a lot of experience. Odd tangent, but all three Watt brothers initially played a different position than what they came to be (J.J. and T.J.at tight end, Derek was a linebacker before switching to fullback). Fans are going to be really happy to see Conner stay in Pittsburgh. Those numbers allowed him to be named to the second-team Associated Press All-American second-team and All-Big Ten first-team honors. They're won with high-caliber players. He has the size to be an asset in coverage, though unseating Warren will be hard. Seventh rounder Keion Adams doesn't make the team in this scenario because when seventh rounders contribute, you've drafted better than okay.

That would be Dobbs, who two summers ago interned at a company in Florida that manufactures F135 fighter jets engines for the USA government. He can rush opposing quarterbacks and be a factor slowing down opponents running and passing games.

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