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Steelers to Sign Kentucky OLB Jamar Watson as UDFA



The Steelers have signed Kentucky outside linebacker Jamar Watson following the draft, according to Brandon Olsen of Whole Nine Sports.

Watson, a former basketball player, didn’t start playing football until his junior year of high school. At Kentucky, he racked up 107 tackles, 28.5 TFL and 18.5 sacks, which is fifth all-time in the school’s history. The 6-foot-2, 241-pound pass rusher was a team captain and earned second-team All-SEC honors in 2020.

The 6-foot-3, 244-pound linebacker posses a variety of moves as a pass rusher and can also be effective in coverage. Waston, who said he models his game after Von Miller, had four pass breakups and an interception as a Wildcat.

Watson will add depth to the edge rusher position for the Steelers following the loss of another former Kentucky outside linebacker, Bud Dupree.

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