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Steelers grab T.J. Watt with 30th overall pick

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The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Wisconsin outside linebacker T.J. Watt with the 30th overall pick in the draft.

The brother of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, T.J. made a name for himself at Wisconsin last season.

He started just one season for the Badgers after converting to the defensive side of the ball. Watt posted a team-best 15.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks to earn First Team All-Big Ten and multiple All-American honors for Wisconsin last season.

Outside linebacker was a big need for the Steelers as James Harrison isn’t getting any younger.

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22 Responses to “Steelers grab T.J. Watt with 30th overall pick”
  1. redrumchaser says: Apr 27, 2017 11:31 PM

    Nice pick, genes are good in that family so far.

  2. shaggytoodle says: Apr 27, 2017 11:35 PM

    I think he will be very good.

    Steelers love drafting LBs in the first. they also tend to be pretty good at it.

  3. edsales87 says: Apr 27, 2017 11:40 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    Apr 27, 2017 11:35 PM
    I think he will be very good.

    Steelers love drafting LBs in the first. they also tend to be pretty good at it.

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    Not recently, otherwise they would be doing it year after year.

  4. pkrlvr says: Apr 27, 2017 11:42 PM

    So sick of TT’s cheapness. We gave up this guy for a fourth rounder. Good pick Pittsburg.

  5. thisischavez says: Apr 27, 2017 11:58 PM

    TJ What?? This guy is slow and undersized. A third rounder at best. Wasted pick.

  6. kissmytaintpatriotswinagain says: Apr 28, 2017 12:00 AM

    Reach

  7. firegoodellnow says: Apr 28, 2017 12:03 AM

    FINALLY! A pick I can feel good about from this sub-par coaching staff. I won’t be happy until Captain Obviously is gone!

  8. philcodean says: Apr 28, 2017 12:06 AM

    pkrlvr says:
    Apr 27, 2017 11:42 PM
    So sick of TT’s cheapness. We gave up this guy for a fourth rounder. Good pick Pittsburg.
    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
    Uh….and an additional second round choice, at the top no less. Let's wait and see how this plays out. I have no problem with this move, especially how strong the board remains.

  9. clemenza58 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:18 AM

    edsales87 says:
    Apr 27, 2017 11:40 PM
    shaggytoodle says:
    Apr 27, 2017 11:35 PM
    I think he will be very good.

    Steelers love drafting LBs in the first. they also tend to be pretty good at it.

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    Not recently, otherwise they would be doing it year after year.

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    Ryan Shazier and Bud Dupree have been two good recent picks.

  10. dasheisenberg says: Apr 28, 2017 12:51 AM

    The only thing TJ has in common with JJ is their last name…
    Just sayin

  11. cjweber5187 says: Apr 28, 2017 1:28 AM

    He’s only gonna get better if he wants to get out of J.J.’s shadow

  12. shaggytoodle says: Apr 28, 2017 3:48 AM

    pkrlvr says:
    Apr 27, 2017 11:42 PM
    So sick of TT’s cheapness. We gave up this guy for a fourth rounder. Good pick Pittsburg.
    __________

    I would have liked him too, but if GB had 4 players they like… if you can slide back 3 picks you still are getting one of the players you like, and add a 4th round pick.

  13. wolfman55h says: Apr 28, 2017 5:12 AM

    I hope he’s low key and doesn’t crave attention –ya know just like his brother LMAO

  14. bd233 says: Apr 28, 2017 6:09 AM

    Drafted in the 1st for his name and his brother’s reputation.

  15. straighcashhomey says: Apr 28, 2017 8:34 AM

    big time reach. undersized for position. Taken to early due to genes

  16. clipper222 says: Apr 28, 2017 8:58 AM

    So when he fails at DE, he can go back to TE, since the Steelers don’t have one.

  17. steelercrazy says: Apr 28, 2017 10:30 AM

    Undersized? He’s bigger then Von Miller and put up solid and comparable Combine numbers.

  18. mgjnsc says: Apr 28, 2017 10:42 AM

    Welcome to Steeler Nation, TJ!! Wooo hoooo!!

  19. steelcurtainn says: Apr 28, 2017 11:33 AM

    Nice Pick. Just what the Steelers needed a edge rusher with Deebo getting up older. Start fixing a few more components in the secondary today and the Steelers will be moving up to the next step of stairway to seven.

  20. rockon1970 says: Apr 28, 2017 12:10 PM

    A bunch of clowns posting here. undersized ? checked every box the Steelers look for height, weight, and arm length. So he got 11.5 sacks 15 tackles for loss 65 tackles against top notch competition because of his brothers name and reputation ??? Also most experts had him going in the early 20’s where’s the reach ? Let the haters hate it was solid pick and he’s only going to get better with his work ethic and the fact he’s going to learn from one of the best to ever play the position. #futureprobowler

  21. shaggytoodle says: Apr 28, 2017 3:42 PM

    Most.oeople that are upset with this lick didn’t see Watt pay much attention to him at Wisconsin

  22. ampatsisahypocrite says: Apr 28, 2017 5:27 PM

    steelercrazy says:
    Apr 28, 2017 10:30 AM

    Undersized? He’s bigger then Von Miller and put up solid and comparable Combine numbers.
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    Haters gonna hate, forget all those stupid negative comments. Fact is Watt’s SPARQ numbers are awesome, meaning he’s about as athletic as any edge rusher coming out of college. Dude never played defense before then racks up 11.5 sacks. He reminds me of another Jack Ham.

    Totally football smart too, the kind of LB Belichick would draft.

    That said, Cleveland may have snaked us nabbing Njoku.

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