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11-5, 1st in AFC North

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers QB coach Randy Fichtner breaks down Josh Dobbs: 'Super young man' who wins games in the fourth quarter

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Joshua Dobbs' 3,777 total offensive yards for Tennessee in 2016 fell 12 yards shy of Peyton Manning's single-season school record.


Steelers draft QB with starter potential

Joshua Dobbs took advantage of the postseason process to improve his draft stock, including a strong showing at the Senior Bowl. Although Dobbs showed some inconsistencies at Tennessee, he has the intelligence and physical attributes that Mel Kiper Jr. says could make him a solid starter in the NFL.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers go QB: Tennessee's Josh Dobbs is the 135th overall pick. Big arm, athletic, lots of potential - accuracy/decision-making the knock on him. Steelers have developmental player to learn behind Ben Roethlisberger.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers' fourth-round pick approaching. Tight end a possibility here. Lots of good players still available, including Jake Butt, Jordan Leggett and Bucky Hodges. Or is it time to make the quarterback move on Nate Peterman or Josh Dobbs?

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers with a very steady draft but one concern - lack of elite speed across the board. Team put premium on that the last few years, but this draft includes several toughness/character guys who aren't blazers. The operative: good football players above all else. Perhaps the team can pluck an athletic tight end or inside linebacker out of rounds 4 and 5.

Conner's story receives perfect ending (1:46)
Conner emotional after Steelers pick (0:45)

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Here are the Steelers' picks so far through the first three rounds of the draft: 1. T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin; 2. JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC; 3. Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee; 4. James Conner, RB, Pitt.

Pittsburgh's NFL draft approach (0:48)

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers make clear James Conner is not a sentimental pick. "The tape told me what he was," RBs coach James Saxon said. "He runs the football downhill, he can bend, he can catch the football, he's tough, he's smart, he's a guy who can come here and work every day."

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Steelers pick hometown cancer survivor Conner

The Steelers drafted James Conner in the third round Friday after he spent six months undergoing treatment for Hodgkin's lymphoma before playing his last college season.

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Former All-American and ACC Player of the Year James Conner left Pitt as one of the conference's most decorated, with the most rushing touchdowns (52) in conference history. Only Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett had more career rushing yards at Pitt than Conner's 3,733.

Steelers keep Conner in Pittsburgh (0:48)

Steelers keep RB James Conner at home

Conner is staying in Pittsburgh, as the former Panthers running back who battled cancer, was chosen by the hometown Steelers in the third round.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Pitt running back James Conner to Steelers, 105th overall. Great story. Cancer survivor stays home. And Le'Veon Bell gets a bruiser to back him up.

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Even though he played only seven games due to injury in 2016, Cam Sutton still left Tennessee as the program's all-time leader in passes defended, breaking up 30 passes and picking off seven in 45 starts over four seasons.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Third-round pick Cam Sutton is a cover corner. The Steelers want to play more man coverage in 2017, according to defensive backs coach Carnell Lake. "It's apparent to improve our defense," he said.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Steelers got their corner at No. 94 overall: Tennessee's Cameron Sutton. At 5-foot-11, Sutton will likely be a candidate to play the slot, but he has experience on the outside as a press corner, too. Sutton started every game before his senior year, when he missed half the year with a fractured ankle. Can return punts. A potential replacement for Will Gay down the road.

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Tomlin to WRs after draft pick: 'Play nice boys'

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin tweeted at Sammie Coates and Martavis Bryant to "play nice" after the two wideouts exchanged some friendly fire over incoming rookie receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

With Cal QB Davis Webb off the board, the Steelers could use one of their two late-third-round picks on a quarterback before most of them are gone. They very well might eschew one entirely, but Tennessee's Josh Dobbs and Pitt's Nate Peterman are available. The team met with both players during the pre-draft process.

Team Stats

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

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