The Steelers signed sixth-round draft pick Sutton Smith to a four-year contract. Smith, who played at Northern Illinois, was the team’s first of three sixth round picks, selected with the 175th pick overall.
Smith played defensive end in college but will be transitioned to linebacker.
“We'll look at him outside, inside, anything that we feel like that he can fit us,” said defensive coordinator Keith Butler. “He is a quick guy. He's going to add some depth and help us on special teams. We know that he's a great rusher. He's going to create some great competition for us, which is always good.”
Smith, who has a good sense for the ball, had 58 tackles for a loss at Northern Illinois, something he takes pride in.
“Basically I’m trying to be the biggest problem an offense can go up against,” said Smith. “I try to go out there and play as fast as I can and never let up. Even if the play is 40 yards away from me, I try to track it down and play as fast as I can.
“I play with a lot of heart and a lot of aggression and speed, so wherever I end up, wherever I play, I’m just going to give it 110 percent. I’m not going to look back and just have to be a hard-nosed player, and that’s what I’m going to be.”
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