The Steelers made a deal by acquiring the 156th overall pick from the Miami Dolphins, sending the Dolphins their fourth pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
With the selection, the team chose the defensive fight with Wisconsin Isaiahh Loudermilk
“He’s a defender,” said defensive line coach Carl Dunbar. “When I say defender, he will play everything – from five techniques to zero nose.
“He’s suitable for what we want to do here in Pittsburgh. He̵
“His versatility really helped him be selected for this team. The only bad thing for him is that he will come here and not be able to wear number 97 (Cameron Hayward’s number).”
Loudermilk was a selection of the third team of the All-Big Ten (media), an honorary award of the All-Big Ten (coaches) and a selection of the Shrine Bowl from East-West.
He played in 40 career games in Wisconsin, starting 26. He has 63 career battles, 11.5 loss battles and 7.5 sacks. He also added nine defenses to pass and two forced shuffles.
“It means so much to me, especially to be part of an organization like this,” Loudermilk said. “Traditionally, I know it’s a great defense. I still have so much emotion. It’s a team that grew up watching a little bit when I first started watching football, so I’m excited to have that opportunity.
“I was just waiting around. I knew there was interest there. A few weeks ago I had a great conversation with coach (Mike) Tomlin. Today I was waiting for everything and I’m so excited that it turned out to be Steelers.”
Loudermilk said that while watching Steelers, he paid a lot of attention to Cameron Hayward online and can’t wait to learn from him and Stephon Tuitt.
“I know I can come in and really be a mushroom,” Loudermilk said. “I know I’ll be able to learn an incredible amount from these guys. Kam Hayward is someone I’ve been watching for a while, an amazing defender and someone I’m very excited to learn from.”