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Watt to WR Brown: Haze my brother T.J. in Pitt.

T.J. Watt's brother, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, said he texted Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown on ways to treat T.J. like a rookie.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

J.J. Watt, who played with Antonio Brown briefly at Central Michigan, texted Brown to 'look over my brother (T.J.), make sure to haze him a little extra for me.' The Steelers drafted T.J. Watt No. 30 overall on Thursday night. "He plays with so much energy and passion, and he'll only get better," J.J. said of his little brother.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said he told Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst months ago that he had a first-round pick in T.J. Watt. So, the Steelers took him 30th overall. "There's a burning intensity with this guy," Colbert said.

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T.J. Watt's production on a Wisconsin defense that allowed the nation's seventh-fewest yards per game (301.4) should be a welcome addition to a Steelers front that registered the NFL's fourth-most sacks in 2016.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

The Steelers take Wisconsin OLB T.J. Watt - brother of one J.J. Watt - with the 30th overall pick. Pass-rush help was on the menu for Pittsburgh, which needs an eventual James Harrison replacement. Though some personnel evaluators believed Watt was a second-round pick and the Steelers had several cornerback options available, Watt has great size (6-foot-4, 252) and tenacity and tested as an impressive athlete at the combine.

Sarah Barshop ESPN Staff Writer 

With T.J. Watt getting drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers, he and brother J.J. Watt will play on Christmas Day.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

The Steelers are five picks away. Tons of available options that would fill their needs: ILB Reuben Foster CB Kevin King, OLB Takk McKinley, TE David Njoku, CB Tre'Davious White, LB Zach Cunningham. McKinley is on their radar but the Packers, picking 29th, also need pass-rush help. Foster and Ryan Shazier would make a vicious linebacker tandem.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Lots of outside linebackers available after first 14 picks. Expect a pass-rush run soon. If not, teams picking in late first (Packers, Steelers) will be pleased.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

With the John Ross pick, the Cincinnati Bengals are loaded up on playmakers and ready to attack the Pittsburgh Steelers' secondary twice a year. Yet another reason for the Steelers to get more rangy defensive back help.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Each Steelers official in the team's draft war room is wearing this green pin in honor of Dan Rooney, who died on April 13 at the age of 84.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Two Washington Huskies are on the radar for the Steelers' 30th pick - corner Kevin King, safety Budda Baker. At 6-foot-3 with a 4.42 40, King has the size-speed hybrid qualities the Steelers defense coveted in past drafts with Ryan Shazier and Sean Davis. Baker is a tough player in the open field, which offsets his 5-9 frame.

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Which player will the Steelers take at No. 30? Here are the final projected picks from Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, plus the players Louis Riddick and NFL Nation would select: Kiper – Budda Baker, S, Washington; McShay – Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi; Riddick – Tyus Bowser, OLB, Houston; NFL Nation – Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia, stars of NBC's 'This is Us,' will announce a draft pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday. They will make the pick from the team's Fan Blitz in Heinz Field. The show is set in Pittsburgh.

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With one of the NFL's worst pass defenses in the middle of the field last season, the Steelers could benefit from the addition of a safety like Jabrill Peppers or Budda Baker in the draft.

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Stephen A. is happy for Bryant but doesn't trust his actions (1:39)

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's how Martavis Bryant's return could play out, assuming he stays clean: Enters camp as a backup, Steelers force him to earn back trust, splits snaps with Justin Hunter and Sammie Coates on the outside, gets job back by Week 1.

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Best mid-round prospect fit: Jake Butt

An addition like Butt makes sense as both a backup plan for Ladarius Green and a potential long-term answer at the position.

Team Stats

Passing Yards262.6Tied-5th
Rushing Yards110.014th
Points For24.811th
Points Against20.410th

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