Conner received well-wishes from Pittsburgh's three professional teams - the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins - and even from former President Bill Clinton, who signed a get-well card for Conner.
The card that made it official. He possesses both great height, measuring in at 6-feet 4-inches tall, and length, with his arms measuring in at 34 inches. Watt ran 4.69, which is good for a long strider.
"Hearts and smarts", coach Mike Tomlin said, referring to an oft-used line by general manager Kevin Colbert. Conner is a very good football player who shared their facility. Foster's girlfriend was on the phone with the Saints at the time of the 49ers call. Watt, T.J has long arms which will make him useful in not only getting to the quarterback but also batting away passes that may come his way.
And they probably won't stop with Smith-Schuster and running back James Conner, two of their three picks on Day 2.
Watt is an outside backer, unlike his hell-raising defensive end of a big brother. That season, Watt recorded 63 tackles, 11.5 sacks and an interception, and he had a team-best 15.5 tackles for loss - all en route to earning first-team All-Big Ten and second-team AP All-American honors. You cannot teach elite speed, but you can teach him how to time his jumps and play smart when rushing around the edge. Pittsburgh fans should be excited for how Watt develops in the coming months and years ahead. "I kind of went home and thought about it, and came back and told Coach Chyrst I wanted to play defense".
Still, despite all his positives, there are still a few concerns surrounding Watt.
"It's a lot of waiting, really, just a lot of waiting". But will Watt be strong enough to play over tackles, even guards, in the Steelers' nickel defense?
Another area for concern is regarding injuries. In addition to James Harrison likely entering his final season, reserve Arthur Moats is entering the final year of his contract. He has had two knee surgeries in his career, one for each leg. He scored 10 touchdowns in his previous year with the Steelers.
"Obviously, everybody knows me as J.J. Watt's younger brother", T.J. said.
You didn't think I'd forget to talk about that familiar last name, now did you?
Watt's brother, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, said he texted Steelers receiver Antonio Brown with ways to treat T.J. like a rookie. The first meeting between J.J. and T.J. takes place on December 25 at NRG Stadium in Houston.
The Steelers selected Wisconsin Badgers linebacker T.J.
- JJ Watt (@JJWatt) April 28, 2017Christmas Day is gonna be fun @_TJWatt! "I hope the guys that we play against are sentimental". We've never been on the same field in full uniforms competitively before. And I think that we can attempt to draw some correlation between what the team has done so far this offseason and Rooney's comment about wanting to work on the red-zone offense.
The 2016 National Football League season seemed like T.J. Watt's season.
In a way, Watt views his inexperience as a selling point. "And that's why I can not wait to get to Pittsburgh and become my own person".