Grading each pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers 2023 draft class

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Round 4 - Pick 132 (from Carolina) - Nick Herbig, LB, Wisconsin

Grade: A

In his opening press conference as a Steeler, free agent acquisition and offensive guard Nate Herbig lobbied for his brother, Nick, to be drafted by the club. He, along with many Steelers fans, got their wish when Pittsburgh's latest linebacker out of Wisconsin was selected.

Herbig, the younger brother, joins Keeanu Benton as former Badgers to be selected by the Steelers in the 2023 NFL Draft. While slightly undersized and having average athleticism, the 6-2, 240-pounder was selected to provide the Steelers depth on the edge. He'll likely be a situational pass rusher on the outside due to his college experience and production, although he could eventually move to inside linebacker.

Over his last two years at Wisconsin, he collected a total of 20 sacks and 75 total pressures at outside linebacker. In his final season, Herbig had 17 quarterback hurries, six quarterback hits, and 11 sacks on the way to being named first-team All-Big Ten and second-team All-America by CBS Sports and Walter Camp.

Herbig is sure to excel under the guidance of fellow former Badger T.J. Watt in Pittsburgh. And it also helps to have his brother on the team, making the transition to the NFL a lot easier.

Watt and Alex Highsmith are the unquestioned starters at outside linebacker, but behind them are inexperienced reserves. So expect Herbig to play a major role on special teams and provide the Steelers with quality snaps in a reserve role on the outside this season.