5 Steelers rookies to keep an eye on during training camp
By Andrew Falce
Steelers Isaiahh Loudermilk
When the Steelers made the trade-up into the fifth round to select Isaiahh Loudermilk, it left a lot of people puzzled, to say the least. Most didn’t expect to see him get drafted, and considering the team’s depth at defensive line, making such a move for a lineman was shocking. His journey to the team is an inspiring one, but how the team plans to use him during his rookie season is another question.
While his roster spot is pretty well secure given the investment the team made in him, there are still questions as to how the team will use him. His height makes him a defensive end, his weight is closer to an edge rusher, and his run-stopping ability says more nose tackle than anything. While he may serve as the typical reserve lineman that is a healthy scratch, long-term the team has to have a plan for him.
Personally, I hope that Loudermilk gets some burn all over the line. It is pertinent that his best role is discovered early so he can hone his talent there and try to develop. More than likely, that will be at defensive end, and ideally, he can take over for Chris Wormley after a year or two. This camp will be vital in seeing where he ultimately lines up for the future.