The Pittsburgh Steelers had good draft results for the 2014 NFL Draft. The draft was especially pleasing to Jordan Zumwalt, a UCLA linebacker who will now be playing in Pittsburgh. Lou Spanos, a former Steelers defensive assistant was pushing for the Steelers, particularly the Pittsburgh linebacker coach Keith Butler to draft Jordan Zumwalt. Whatever Spanos said must have made a difference because now the 6-foot- 4, 235 Zumwalt is going to be playing for the Pennsylvania team. Zumwalt came onto the Steelers team in the sixth round on the Saturday night of the NFL draft. Zumwalt is over the moon with the match. He said, “finally and thank you for being the Steelers. It’s like, you know when you were a kid and you were waiting for Christmas? So, this was like that. It was pretty tough.” The new Steelers recruit went on to say, “I would love to get the opportunity to play for this defense, I’m very excited about it. I love the game,\ and I have a lot of passion for the game. And if you’ve seen me play…I’m going to bring everything that I have to this game.” Butler made a good point when recruiting Zumwalt that UCLA and the Steelers have a very similar defensive game so he should have an easy transition joining the pro-ball team. Butler is also excited about bringing No. 1 pick Ryan Shazier to his defense stating “there were a lot of guys that we like at that spot, but they were all drafted. So, when he came, a guy with that type of speed, you can’t pass him up. He’s going to make us immediately faster on defense.” In a press conference, a reporter asked Butler is Shazier could get bigger. Butler said, “I’d like him to move. I don’t want him to get big that he can’t move. A lot of young linebackers get it in their heads that they have to be 250-260, but that’s bull crap to me. Pardon my language. For me, it’s can they move and be where they need to be when they need to be there. He can make up for any mistakes with speed.” A few other drafts make this a good year for the Steelers defense and beyond.
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