We are onto part 41 of our 90-part series — assuming the roster does not change before we are complete — which will break down each player of the Steelers current 90-man roster in alphabetical order. This series will encompass many aspects of each players game and their current role with the team. At the end, I’ll give some projected stats as well as their chances to make the 53-man roster.
Let’s take a look at third round pick:
Height: 6’ 3”
Weight: 248 lbs
Draft: 3rd Round 102nd Overall in 2020
2019 stats (NCAA)
75 Total Tackles
3 Passes Defended
2 Forced Fumbles
Has not reached an agreement at this time, but the contract will run through 2023
Likelihood of making the roster
Lock. For a multitude of reasons. The first being he’s a third-round pick and the rarity of a third rounder getting cut at the end of their first training camp is so unlikely you’re better off waiting to see Haleys comet streak across the sky again.
The next reason is Highsmith is a physical specimen and put up some insane numbers as a senior. I think his game has the highest chance of rolling over into the pros and he’ll have a shot to make an immediate impact.
Highsmith will see the field a ton in 2020. As a backup linebacker he’ll play virtually every special teams unit and he will assume the snaps left behind by Anthony Chickillo. I think Highsmith is a much more explosive edge rusher compared to Chickillo and will actually have a shot at getting to the quarterback when on the field.
The following stat projections are if T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree both play a healthy 16 games. If not I could only see these numbers balloon.
20 Total Tackles
1 Fumble Recovery
Alex Highsmith was drafted for an obvious reason — to develop in 2020 and possibly take over from Bud Dupree in 2021. He has the physical assets and dominating college pedigree to lean off of but he’ll have to transition what he did in the past to the NFL level.
I am fully in the camp that Highsmith reaches his potential and that he’s in the perfect situation for him.
Antoine Brooks Jr.
Ulysees Gilbert III