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Steelers take linebacker T.J. Watt with 30th pick in draft

PITTSBURGH (AP) T.J. Watt spent his childhood playing in the considerable shadow of older brothers J.J. and Derek.

The neophyte linebacker still very much in the embryonic stage of his career will get his chance to step into his own with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The reigning AFC North champions selected Watt with the 30th overall pick in the draft on Thursday, won over by the 22-year-old's energy and the raw materials they covet: namely speed, potential and an ability to get to the quarterback as often as possible.

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AFC North Division
TeamWLTPct
xy-Pittsburgh 1150.688
Baltimore 880.500
Cincinnati 691.406
Cleveland 1150.063
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: B. Roethlisberger3819
Pass TDs: B. Roethlisberger29
Rush Yds: L. Bell1268
Rush TDs: L. Bell7
Rec Yds: A. Brown1284
Rec TDs: A. Brown12
Int: A. Burns3
Sacks: J. Harrison5.0
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 5962 (7)
Passing Yards: 4377 (10)
Rushing Yards: 1760 (14)
Points per game: 24.9 (11)
Yards per game: 372.6 (7)
Touchdowns: 46 (9)
Field Goals: 24 (22)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 5482 (12)
Passing Yards: 4141 (19)
Rushing Yards: 1600 (13)
Points per game: 20.4 (10)
Yards per game: 342.6 (12)
Touchdowns: 35 (12)
Field Goals: 26 (15)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
4/25 M. Bryant reinstated
4/24 R. Shazier team exercises option Fifth-year option on rookie contract
4/19 J. Fanaika cut
4/17 R. Cockrell re-signed/rest FA One-year tender (through 2017)
4/6 C. Hubbard re-signed/rest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
3/21 T. Alualu signed/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2018)
3/20 K. Davis signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
3/20 C. Sensabaugh signed/unrest FA Two-year contract (through 2018)
3/15 J. Hunter signed/unrest FA One-year contract (through 2017)
3/9 D. Johnson Declared Free Agent
Injuries
Date Player Status
No Recent Injuries for this team
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