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Five Fast Facts: Ryan Watts

Learn more about defensive back Ryan Watts in this edition of Five Fast Facts.

1. The Steelers selected the defensive back from the University of Texas in the sixth round of the 2024 NFL Draft, the 195th overall pick.

2. Watts spent two seasons at Texas, after transferring from Ohio State. While with the Longhorns he played in 24 games, starting 23, recording 89 tackles, 63 of them solo stops. He also had five tackles for a loss, seven passes defensed, one interception and one sack.

In 2023 he recorded 38 tackles, 30 of them solo stops, in 11 games. He added three passes defensed and a tackle for a loss. In 2022 he was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection by the league's coaches and earned honorable mention All-Big 12 Defensive Newcomer Player of the Year honor. He was also named to the Academic All-Big 12 First Team in 2022 and was a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (spring 2022).

3. He played two seasons at Ohio State, appearing in 19 games. He helped Ohio State win a Big Ten Championship, a Sugar Bowl Championship and an appearance in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in 2020.

4. Watts said he feels like he has a lot to prove but was thrilled to get the call from the Steelers.

"I felt like all of my work really finally paid off," said Watts. "I have to be thankful to God being in this position. I had a lot of trials and tribulations. I am just here to finally be a part of a home, so I can go ahead and get to work and put the odds to rest.

"I've got a lot to prove. Having that edge and having a lot to prove makes you the most dangerous man in the room. I am ready to work."

5. Watts graduated from Texas the same weekend he took part in Steelers minicamp, reporting to camp a day after graduation.