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The NFL Let The Steelers Get Away With Robbery Again

The Pittsburgh Steelers had a great draft overall this past offseason, finding a way to help out multiple positions with rookie talent, but perhaps none more than the edge rushers. In the fourth round, Pittsburgh got their hands on another Wisconsin edge rusher, Nick Herbig. Nobody thought anything of it at the time, but his older brother, Nate Herbig who signed with the Steelers this offseason tried to tell us before the draft. Absolute Stud.


Doing Business With The Badgers


Head Coach Mike Tomlin wasn’t shy about it when asked, he admitted they like doing business with the Wisconsin Badgers. With the success of TJ Watt at the next level it’s not a bad train of thought. Herbig has been electric in his two preseason games in Pittsburgh and says he feels like he was born to be a Pittsburgh Steeler. Amen, brother.


While it’s still early on and tough to make any real judgment on some of these young guys, Herbig has all the tools around him to do great things at the NFL level. You can already see him emulating moves Watt has taught him, and everyone in the room says the kid is a sponge just looking to soak up all the knowledge he can. An incredible trait to have when transitioning to the pro level.


Somehow, the NFL let the Steelers get him. Herbig led the Big Ten in Sacks and Tackles for Loss last season at Wisconsin where he posted 33 solo tackles with 15.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in 11 games. Good enough to be First Team All-Big Ten. In his three seasons at Wisconsin Herbig was about to gather 21 sacks, good enough to be 16th All Time in the Big Ten. He was no scrub in college, just a guy who flew under the radar. Luckily, Omar Khan’s Sonar Detector almost never misses.




Steelers Stacked On The Edge


For the first time in a while, the Steelers could be four deep at the edge rusher position. This could play a huge factor for Watt and Alex Highsmith, two guys who are very dominant, and just need a breather every once in a while. It’s just the nature of the position. Now the Steelers have two guys who can go in and hold it down to give them a quick breather. Along with Herbig, the Steelers welcomed NFL Veteran Markus Golden into the fold this season. Golden has been in the NFL for nine seasons and has 47 sacks to his name.


Hopefully, the Markus Golden situation works out a little better than the Melvin Ingram experiment, which lasted just a couple of weeks before he got upset he wasn’t seeing more time. Golden seems to know his role on the team though, and now that Alex Highsmith has proven to be a great edge at the next level, there’s no denying him.


“I think he’s a phenomenal player.” -TJ Watt on Nick Herbig



 

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