Utah's Brian Allen selected No. 173 to Pittsburgh Steelers in 5th round

Trevor Jackson
May 3, 2017

"Coach Chryst actually texted me and said, 'Hey, can you take a look at this young man, and give me an idea of where his draft value might be before he decides to come out?'"

At last month's NFL Combine, Watt ranked in the top two among linebackers in the vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle.

Watt really has just that lone year under his belt, but Pittsburgh actually sees that as a huge plus.

Owen: Watt has bulked up about 10 pounds since the season, but Watt's biggest weakness was probably his run defense. Allen was able to turn 12 starts previous year into four inceptions, which shows his ability to make plays on the ball, a skill in which the Steelers value in their corners.

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.

J.J. was tweeting about Christmas because the Texans will actually be hosting the Steelers on Christmas day. T.J. arrived in Pittsburgh this afternoon, and addressed the media, wanting to make it clear that this career is his own. "I hope the guys that we play against are sentimental". T.J. said that being on the same field as his brother in shoulder pads will be weird. I've seen him play a bunch. "It's not about J.J., it's not about Derek ... this is about T.J. and what he can do".

"I am familiar with Pittsburgh", he said. 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.

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The Ravens never had a chance at them at No. 16. "This guy carries his weight beautifully", said McShay. "I love his pick". With Mack as the 5th pick and Cooper as the 4th pick, it was much easier to predict who would already be off the board.


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"I have learned so much from J.J., and I have been able to translate that to myself". Here is how each scenario could play out for the Steelers.

Said Colbert: "There will be competition in there, but obviously Vince is a leader, I would believe, going into the season".

Allen played four years at Utah after redshirting a season in 2012.

That decision, and the hours of learning both a playbook and the technique needed to be a dynamic edge rusher, led him to the Rooney Sports Complex Friday, where he'll be asked to fill the Steelers' need for a dynamic edge rusher.

Watt Can We Expect From T.J.? "The way he attacks the ball-carrier, I think he can help Coach (Danny) Smith's (special teams) room and the special teams", Lake said. "Doing the little things, like getting the right amount of sleep, hydration, just treating myself like a professional athlete while I was still in college".

The Steelers just made a lot of people in Pittsburgh happy.

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