Pittsburgh Steelers' 2017 NFL Draft Results

Mock drafts weren't including T.J. Watt as a first-round pick when he made a decision to leave the University of Wisconsin following a breakout season as a redshirt junior.

The opening round of the 2017 NFL Draft is now history and the Pittsburgh Steelers have chosen and anointed T.J.Watt, a linebacker from Wisconsin, as their first pick.

The Steelers used their first round selection on Wisconsin outside linebacker T.J. Watt. He had to sit out in 2015 but quickly established himself as a potential starter while on the scout team. He led the Big Ten with 11.5 sacks and paced the Badgers' defense in tackles for loss (15.5) and quarterback hurries (13). He played various roles for the remaining four years while at Utah, but he sustained a season-ending injury midway through his sophomore season in 2014.

J.J. was tweeting about Christmas because the Texans will actually be hosting the Steelers on Christmas day. "I'm sure with his size they'll be using him quite a bit on special teams early on".

"I don't think you could script James' story any better", Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said in a statement posted on Twitter.


This year, one of the areas that Rooney cited for improvement was the Steelers' red-zone offense. "More importantly, we're excited about you being a Steeler and chasing a championship in 2017, and you're going to be a big part of that".

Not only did T.J. Watt, 22, play for the same college as J.J., 28, they both made the same position switch, converting from tight end to defensive lineman. The 22-year-old Wisconsin linebacker followed his brothers to the National Football League and was just selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Speaking at Utah's Pro Day, Allen said Shah "just stayed on me to make sure my technique was flawless". In 2015, Sutton earned Sporting News First Team All-America honors as a punt returner after leading the nation with an 18.7-yard average and returning two punts for touchdowns.

"I think we're trying to find the good players all the time that create competition", offensive coordinator Todd Haley said of adding the 6-foot-2 Smith-Schuster at No. 60 overall. He may not be the quickest but his relentlessness and willingness to play to the whistle will make him hard to keep away from a quarterback or running back should they stay behind the offensive line for too long. "I looked at him and said, 'Coach, this kid is a first-round pick".

The Steelers have really enjoyed making this sort of pick in the last few years.

During his sophomore campaign, Conner claimed the ACC Player of the Year award while setting the Pitt record for rushing touchdowns in a season with 26. When T.J. Watt was selected, both of his brothers shared their joy online.

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