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Steelers Grab MLB Tyler Matakevich with Final Pick in the Draft

April 30, 2016
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Steelers Grab MLB Tyler Matakevich with Final Pick in the Draft

The Pittsburgh Steelers concluded their 2016 NFL draft with linebacker Tyler Matakevich, the 2015 Bronko Nagurski Award winner who helped usher Temple football back into prominence. Matekevich would likely compete at inside linebacker and special teams for the Steelers.

My take: The rep on Matakevich is he’s not big, not strong, not fast. Translation: Not good. But he was highly productive in college against good teams and posted nearly 500 tackles in his career. He was also the top player on the Steelers’ board. “We like to use the term, ‘He’s a football player,'” general manager Kevin Colbert said. Coach Mike Tomlin called it “football justice” for Matakevich to get drafted. For the seventh round, this is a solid pickup.

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