There are certain traits of the quintessential linebacker.
Intelligence, fiery emotions and a permanent chip of an inferiority complex planted on a shoulder. That's UCLA's Jordan Zumwalt, the Steelers' first of two 6th round picks in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Without mincing words, there's a reason he's a sixth round pick, but he has the same kind of overachieving manner about him that Vince Williams did - the Steelers also took Williams in the sixth round.
Those two, along with a healthy Sean Spence and first round pick Ryan Shazier will battle for roles on next year's team, as the Steelers' linebackers position suddenly became very young over the last year and a half.
Jarvis Jones will start again at outside linebacker in his second season in the NFL. His classmate, Terence Garvin, will compete for situation-role duties. Chris Carter is entering his fourth season with the team. Transition-tag recipient Jason Worilds is the old man of the group with all of four years under his belt.
Zumwalt is a hitter, but a limited athlete. He played inside and out at UCLA and has good instincts for the game. He may be on the outside looking in for the roster, but he seems like the kind of player who will make it extremely difficult on Mike Tomlin and staff to release him.