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Watch Ryan Shazier announce Steelers' first-round pick

Watch Ryan Shazier announce Steelers' first-round pick”

Injured Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier sustained a major back injury during a game in December and underwent surgery, regaining feeling in his legs only two months ago.

The Pittsburgh Steelers secured one of their two biggest draft needs in the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft with the selection of former Virginia Tech safety Terrell Edmunds with the 28th overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft and general manager Kevin Colbert immediately talked about the team's newest player during the post-pick press conference.

Shazier, whose future in football is uncertain at best, was introduced by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

"He's played free, he's played strong, he can play in the box", Colbert said. "Since he had been working with us in the draft preparation, we thought that would be a good opportunity. He did great. It's incredible".

Colbert said repeatedly earlier in the offseason he wasn't looking to move Bryant, though that didn't stop teams from inquiring.

Teammates have privately lauded Shazier for his ability to walk on his own, though Shazier has been private about his process. If this is the case, Edmunds will be a benefactor of recently suspect quarterback play from Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton, and whoever the Browns put on the field. He's a flawless fit for Sean McDermott's defense, he's going to be only 20 years old entering the season, and he's a physical player who gives the linebacker core a major upgrade.

Shazier has spent most days at the Steelers' facility working out or helping in the scouting department. It won't be the last time the Steelers see Bryant.

"We've got seven picks (now)", Colbert said. "So, our doctors are very comfortable with where he is, and again, for him to play as good as he did previous year with an injured shoulder was impressive for us".



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