📄: Finishing the job | 📸: Loudermilk in pictures | 📺: Loudermilk Press Conference | 📺: Dunbar Press Conference | 📺: College Highlights | 📺: Pick Announcement
The Steelers made a trade, acquiring the 156th pick overall from the Miami Dolphins, sending the Dolphins their fourth pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
With the pick, the team selected Wisconsin defensive tackle Isaiahh Loudermilk.
"He is a defensive lineman," said defensive line coach Karl Dunbar. "When I say defensive lineman, he is going to play everything from a five-technique to a zero-nose.
"He fits the mold for what we want to do here in Pittsburgh. He is a strapping young man. To get a kid with this kind of size and height in the fifth round is a really great gift for the Steelers.
"His versatility really helped him get picked for this team. The only bad thing about him is he is going to come here and won't be able to wear No. 97 (Cameron Heyward's number)."
Loudermilk was an All-Big Ten third team selection (media), All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches) and an East-West Shrine Bowl selection.
He played in 40 career games at Wisconsin, starting 26. He has 63 career tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks. He also added nine pass defenses and two forced fumbles.
"It means so much to me, especially to be a part of an organization like this," said Loudermilk. "I know traditionally it's a great defense. I still have so many emotions going on. It's a team a grew up watching a little bit when I first started watching football, so I am excited to have this opportunity.
"I have just been waiting around. I knew there was interest there. I had a great chat with Coach (Mike) Tomlin a couple of weeks ago. I have been waiting around today for anything and I am so excited it happened to be the Steelers."
Loudermilk said while watching the Steelers, he has paid close attention to Cameron Heyward on the line and can't wait to learn from him and Stephon Tuitt.
"I know I am going to be able to come in and really be a sponge," said Loudermilk. "I know I will be able to learn an amazing amount from those guys. Cam Heyward is someone I have been watching for a while, an incredible defensive lineman and someone I am super excited to learn from."
West Elk High School
5th Round – 156th Overall
Played in 40 games with 26 starts at defensive end ... recorded 63 tackles, 11.5 TFLs and 7.5 sacks ... forced two fumbles ... logged nine pass breakups ... graduated in December 2019 with bachelor's degree in personal finance.
All-Big Ten third team (media), All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches), East-West Shrine Bowl selection ... earned fourth letter, playing in six games with six starts at defensive end ... missed Duke's Mayo Bowl due to injury ... logged 13 total tackles, including nine solo stops ... had 2.5 TFLs and 2.0 sacks ... posted season-high four tackles, including 1.0 sack, at Iowa on Dec. 12.
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Earned third letter, starting all 14 games at defensive end ... recorded 24 tackles, including five TFLs and 3.0 sacks ... forced two fumbles ... batted down five passes ... set career high with five total tackles vs. Ohio State in Big Ten Football Championship Game on Dec. 7, also recording 1.0 sack and forcing a fumble ... made four stops and recorded 0.5 sack at Minnesota on Nov. 30 ... posted career highs with two TFLs and three passes batted down vs. Northwestern on Sept. 28 ... forced a fumble in season opener at South Florida on Aug. 30 ... had 1.0 sack vs. Michigan State on Oct. 12.
Earned second letter, playing in nine games with six starts at defensive end … missed four games due to injury ... made 15 tackles, including eight solo tackles, 2.5 TFLs and 1.0 sack ... recorded three pass breakups … logged career-high four tackles, including one TFL and 1.0 sack, and broke up one pass at Purdue on Nov. 17 ... matched career high with four tackles vs. Minnesota on Nov. 24 ... had three tackles, including one TFL, and a pass breakup at Iowa on Sept. 22 ... had 0.5 TFL and one pass breakup vs. Miami in Pinstripe Bowl on Dec. 27 ... made first career start vs. BYU on Sept. 15.
Earned first letter, playing in 11 games ... missed three games due to injury ... recorded 11 tackles, including six solo stops, 1.5 TFLs and 1.5 sacks ... contributed to unit that ranked No. 2 nationally in total defense (262.1 yards per game), No. 3 in scoring defense (13.9 points per game), No. 3 in rushing defense (98.4 ypg) and No. 1 in pass efficiency defense (96.4) … made Badgers debut vs. Utah State on Sept. 1, recording three tackles and 1.0 sack ... had one tackle and one pass breakup vs. Miami in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 30 ... logged two tackles at Minnesota on Nov. 25... notched two tackles at BYU on Sept. 16 ... made one tackle vs. Michigan on Nov. 18 ... recorded one stop vs. Iowa on Nov. 11 ... opened Big Ten play with 0.5 sack vs. Northwestern on Sept. 30
Three-star prospect by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals … first-team all-state in 8-man football by Kansas Football Coaches Association and Wichita Eagle as a senior, logging 97 tackles, 2.0 sacks and two interceptions along with five TD receptions … helped 10-1 West Elk earn its first-ever playoff win as a senior … first-team All-South Central Border League as a sophomore, junior and senior … three-time all-district and all-area selection … finished career with 267 tackles, 22.0 sacks and three interceptions on defense and logged eight TD receptions on offense … two-year team MVP … first-team all-state in basketball by Kansas Basketball Coaches Association as a junior, averaging 19.2 points, 14.7 rebounds and 5.5 blocks per game … also honorable mention all-state by KBCA as a sophomore, averaging 14.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game … three-time All-SCBL in basketball … also competed in baseball and track and field, winning conference title in shot put as a junior … National Honor Society … honor roll student … high school coach was Chris Haag
Parents are Stacy Howell and Carteze Loudermilk … father played basketball at Independence Community College and Creighton.