The Pittsburgh Steelers took a relatively unknown player in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft when they selected OLB Alex Highsmith out of Charlotte. You could hear the collective, “Who?!” coming from all angles and platforms when Steelers Nation heard the pick.
However, even though a player is relatively unknown doesn’t mean there isn’t hope for their future. For instance, in the 2019 NFL Draft when the team selected wide receiver Diontae Johnson in the third round, and Johnson proved to be more than worthy of the selection when he completed his rookie season.
With Highsmith not likely to be injected into the starting lineup anytime soon, thanks to T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree, it is worth looking at some of his film and breaking down just how he can help the team in 2020, outside of special teams.
NFL Network analyst, and former NFL lineman, Brian Baldinger did a breakdown of Highsmith and labeled his pass rushing moves as intriguing, to the point where NFL teams should take notice.
Check out the video below:
.@CharlotteFTBL @highsmith34 has a growing advanced level array of pass rushers moves that interests me and should interest many @NFL teams. You might even require some patience. It just might pay off #BaldysBreakdowns pic.twitter.com/MPG41dVb9i— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) April 20, 2020
There is no doubt Highsmith is a project in many ways, but the question many fans want to know is if he will be able to be a fill-in pass rusher when needed, and still be able to get the job done?
That certainly is up for debate, but Baldinger, among others, is intrigued by what Highsmith can bring to the Steelers in 2020 and beyond.
Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they prepare for the 2020 season!