3 reasons Steelers EDGE Nick Herbig is worth the hype

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1. Steelers are on a roll drafting edge defenders

This one might seem like a cop-out, but the Pittsburgh Steelers have a pretty impressive track record as of late when it comes to finding outside linebacker talent. Over the past seven years, the team has taken four edge defenders/outside linebackers in the NFL Draft. Nick Herbig was one of them. The other three are T.J. Watt, Alex Highsmith, and Quincy Roche.

While Roche didn't pan out as they had hoped, it's important to remember that he was a sixth-round draft choice. When selecting in the fifth round or higher during this span, Pittsburgh may prove to have a perfect track record.

Yes, the Steelers have missed at the position in the past. While Bud Dupree was a quality player for Pittsburgh, Javis Jones was not. Still, the Jones selection happened over a decade ago. When it comes to Herbig, there were dozens of NFL Draft experts who believed he deserved to go much higher than the 132nd overall pick this year.

At the end of the day, it was Herbig's lack of size and length that caused him to slip in the draft, the Steelers were there to snatch him up. Now with a chip on his shoulder, Herbig will be out to prove that every other team made a mistake passing him up at least three times. Knowing that Pittsburgh is on a roll with drafting the position and knowing that Watt and Highsmith will mentor him is reason enough to buy the Nick Herbig hype for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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