3 reasons Steelers EDGE Nick Herbig is worth the hype

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2. Herbig has astonishing creativity as a pass rusher

I can't say enough good things about Nick Herbig when it comes to his creativity as a pass rusher. Despite his youth (just 21 years old), Herbig seems to be years ahead of the curve when it comes to pass-rush moves with an arsenal at his disposal. Whether it's head fakes, ghost moves, or a lethal inside counter, Herbig is very well-versed when it comes to switching up his pass rush plan.

In the past, we have seen him do this against all types of offensive tackles. Herbig has success against nimble-footed athletes at the position as well as a mammoth like former Ohio State OT Dawand Jones. While Herbig doesn't often bull-rush his way to the QB, he can win in just about every other way.

His preseason performance against the Buccaneers is a perfect example. At one point, the witty pass rusher was on all fours like a wild animal before pouncing back and making the play against the run near the line of scrimmage.

In terms of pass-rush creativity, I don't know if I've ever seen a rookie quite so far along as Nick Herbig appears to be. Now T.J. Watt can teach him hand placement on the dip-and-rip while Alex Highsmith can share the secret to his perfected spin move. He's already been learning from both and it's only going to help him in the future.