Entering the 2021 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a number of draft needs which they needed to address. Unlike in 2020, with no first round selection in the draft, the Steelers possessed a full allotment of draft picks. With eight picks, the following positions could be viewed as a priority entering the selection process: running back, center, pass rusher and even inside linebacker. Those positions, and more, were positions of need to help the black-and-gold get to the next level in 2021. There have been numerous thoughts and debates regarding what the team will do in Day 3 of the NFL Draft.
When the dust settled, the Steelers traded up to select Wisconsin DL Isaiahh Loudermilk, with a 5th round pick in the draft.
Loudermilk was a DE in Wisconsin's 3-4 base defense. I would guess he stays at DE with the Steelers and they ask him to put on some weight.— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) May 1, 2021
For those who may not know much about Loudermilk as a player, this is his overall breakdown of his game, per his NFL Draft Profile:
Positives: Aggressive two-gap defensive end with growth potential. Fires off the snap with an explosive first step, works his hands throughout the action, and redirects to ball handlers. Focused on by opponents, plays aggressive football, and works hard. Relentless and displays a good head for the ball.
Negatives: Does not consistently play with proper pad level and gets out-positioned from the action. Consistently tied up by a single opponent. Not much of a pass rusher.
Analysis: Loudermilk is a hard-working defender with size, growth potential, and a good degree of athleticism. He must improve his strength at the point but comes with an upside.
Isaiahh Loudermilk Player Profile
Loudermilk heads to the 2021 NFL Draft with an incredible athletic heritage. The Kansas native excelled in multiple sports at West Elk High School. He earned first-team All-State honors in basketball, while he won a conference title in the shot put. Additionally, Loudermilk was an accomplished baseball player, but it was on the football field where the man amongst boys truly excelled.
He was a three-time All-District and All-Area honoree. However, it was his senior season that really stood out. Loudermilk logged an impressive 97 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 interceptions while also snagging 5 touchdowns. He earned first-team All-State honors while West Elk went 10-1 and earned their first-ever playoff win.
Even before his standout senior season, the gargantuan athlete was garnering attention. A three-star recruit as per 247 Sports, he had received offers from Vanderbilt, Minnesota, Texas Tech, Oregon, and Wisconsin prior to the season. Midway through the year, he paid a visit to Madison. And despite making multiple visits elsewhere, in early January, he committed to play for Wisconsin.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ draft needs in the remaining rounds of the draft now would be considered: Outside linebacker, cornerback, among other positions.
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