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Steelers Select OLB Travis Feeney in the 6th Round

April 30, 2016
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Steelers Select OLB Travis Feeney in the 6th Round

In Washington’s Travis Feeney, the Pittsburgh Steelers got a rotational pass-rusher who instantly injects athleticism into the outside linebacker group. Feeney’s an All-Pac-12 second-team performer who had 17.5 tackles for a loss and eight sacks last season.

My take: This is ridiculous upside for the sixth round. Check out these measurables for a 6-foot-4, 226-pounder: 4.5-second 40-yard dash, 40-inch vertical, 130-inch broad jump. This is Day 2 ability on paper. Feeney said he doesn’t know exactly why he fell – a transition from safety to linebacker while at Washington probably contributed — but that it’s “freakin’ awesome” to be a Steeler and that his dad’s from the Pittsburgh area. Pass-rusher is one area where you can never have enough good guys. The Steelers have a crowded group here but Feeney will have a chance to make an impact on defense and special teams.

Relief: Feeney was starting to think he’d be an undrafted free agent. He was ready to pick his destination and make a team. Change of plan. “I was sitting at home thinking no one was going to call,” Feeney said.

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