Pittsburgh Steelers’ Jordan Zumwalt getting a look at OLB


One notable thing that came out of Pittsburgh Steelers rookie camp was that sixth-round pick Jordan Zumwalt was lining up at a different position than many expected.

October 27, 2012; Tempe, AZ, USA; UCLA Bruins linebacker Jordan Zumwalt (35) against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

When the Steelers selected the UCLA linebacker, many viewed him as a guy that would be slotted at inside linebacker, but Zumwalt’s versatility could prove to be a bonus for the Steelers as he was getting a look at outside linebacker as well.

With the Steelers extremely thin in terms of depth on the outside, if Zumwalt can be a guy that can play both positions it could go a long way to him making the team out of training camp.

Zumwalt at least sounded excited about the opportunity.

"“I will go wherever they want me to,” Zumwalt told ESPN’s Scott Brown Saturday after the Steelers’ first practice of the day. “They told me to make sure I am paying attention to the inside stuff, too, because I am definitely going to be playing there. So I assume I’m going to be swinging all over the place.”"

However it is going to be a while before Zumwalt gets some more work at either linebacker spot.

Because UCLA is on quarters instead of semesters, Zumwalt, along with fifth-round pick cornerback Shaquille Richardson from Arizona, will miss a majority of OTA’s as neither is allowed to resume practicing with the Steelers until their school year is over.

However when he does return to the team in mid-June, Zumwalt will have a lot on his plate.

We will find out if he is up to the challenge.