Round 3, Pick 105: James Conner – Running Back, Pittsburgh
There may not have been a better story to come out of draft weekend than cancer surviver and local product James Conner being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers. Conner is the first Pitt Panther to be drafted by the Steelers since Hank Poteat in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft.
Nothing can stop Conner
Conner is a yards-after-contact extraordinaire. At 6’1″, 233 lbs, Conner is a battering ram who wears down defenses one failed arm tackle at a time. He may not have that extra gear to put the burners on people but he does a lot of things well, including catching the ball out of the backfield. As tough as James Conner is on the field, most know him for his incredible toughness and perseverance off the field.
Please watch James Conner receive the Disney Spirit Award, it’s worth every second of your time.
It will be interesting to see how the Steelers use Conner in his rookie campaign behind the do-everything back Le’Veon Bell. Don’t forget, the team also added an explosive and talented veteran in Knile Davis. Competition breeds excellence and that is exactly what Steeler fans should expect from the running back group this upcoming season.
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