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Steelers 2016 NFL Draft Selection Breakdown: South Carolina State Defensive Tackle Javon Hargrave

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The Steelers filled a position of need and added depth along the defensive front with the selection of South Carolina State defensive tackle Javon Hargrave in the third round.

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After taking two defensive backs in the first two rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft, the Steelers used the 89th overall pick to fortify the defensive line with the selection of South Carolina State defensive tackle Javon Hargrave.

Hargrave, who stands 6-foot-1 and weighs 301 pounds, was a dominant player at the FCS level in both his junior and senior seasons. In 2014, he recorded a whopping 16 sacks, and added 13.5 more in 2015, while earning Associated Press All-American honors.

Hargrave has a squat build, and a huge bubble butt, which he uses to explode through offensive lineman and wreak havoc in the opponent's backfield. He spent most of his collegiate career playing the three-technique, lining up on the outside shoulder of the guard, where he was able to use his light feet, agility, and a deadly combination of swim moves to get to the quarterback.

Hargrave's compact frame and low center of gravity also allow him to lineup directly over the center and thrive as a pure zero-technique nose tackle, where he is dominant against the run. He finished his senior season with a ridiculous 22 tackles for loss.

When watching Hargave's tape, it's hard not to feel bad for the offensive lineman he's demolishing. Time and time again, he'll put guards and centers on skates, and drive them into the lap of the quarterback or the running back. He consistently destroys double teams, and has a relentless motor, which should help him achieve success at the next level.

"This guy is pretty impressive," said Steelers Defensive Line Coach John Mitchell.

"I think a lot of people passed on this guy because they were afraid of the competition. He didn't play down to the talent he played against, he played up to his ability."

Many Steelers fans, including myself, thought the team might take a defensive tackle in the first or second round, but they decided to use their first two picks to address issues in the secondary. The strategy worked to perfection, as Hargrave fell right into their lap in the third round at No. 89 overall.

Hargrave could provide tremendous value to Pittsburgh as a third round pick, if he's capable of holding the point of attack as the nose tackle in the base 3-4 defense, and kicking outside to rotate with defensive ends Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt.

The biggest question surrounding Hargrave is the lack of competition he faced at the FCS level, and how that will affect his transition into the NFL. Based on his workouts, his dominant tape, and production, I believe he will do just fine, and be a massive headache for NFL guards and centers to deal with on Sundays.