Day 2 of the 2016 NFL draft is now in the books and with the 89th overall pick in the 3rd round the Pittsburgh Steelers chose nose tackle Javon Hargrave out of South Carolina State.
Hargrave (6-2, 305) totaled 37 sacks during his college career. He was selected a two-time SBN Sports Mel Blount Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in 2014 and 2015 while collecting 16 sacks in 2014 and 13.5 in 2015.
Hargrave had 59 total tackles in 2015, 22 for a loss. Javon Hargrave is extremely fast (4.9 in the 40) for a big guy and is a disruptive force in the middle. He has a great first step and a good motor. He should help the Steelers depth on the defensive line sooner than later.
Defensive line coach John Mitchell: “This guy is a first-, second- and third-down player. Where we put him, he can help us with the things that we do. When we put him in our base defense, when we put him in the three technique, we can control that. He’s not going to be over the big 6-8 tackle. He’s going to be over the 6-4, 6-5 guard. The speed that he has and the quickness he has getting off the ball, he’s going to be a big addition for us.”
“I thought we got him where he should go. I’m really happy. I told Mike Tomlin that if this guy was around in the third round or fourth round, if there was any way we could pick him, let’s take him. I’m really happy. I think we got the best bargain getting him in the third round.”
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