The Pittsburgh Steelers are making progress towards signing their 2019 draft class. Shortly after announcing the signing of fellow sixth round pick Isaiah Buggs to a four year deal, the Steelers have also announced a similar deal for LB Sutton Smith, signing him to a four year deal as well. Sutton was taken with the 175th overall selection, and will look to transition to a linebacker role after mainly taking defensive end responsibilities during his days at Northern Illinois.
Sutton had quite the production as a pass rusher, tallying 30 sacks his last two seasons. However, many believe Sutton will need to add to his frame (6-0, 230 lb) as his size might be considered too small for your prototypical outside linebacker. Smith knows what he has to do to make the transition to the professional level:
“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” Smith told Steelers.com. “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.”
Steelers rookie mini-camp will be held May 10-12.