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Watch: Steelers Introduce First Round Pick Troy Fautanu

The Pittsburgh Steelers first round pick, offensive tackle Troy Fautanu, arrived on Friday for his press conference.



Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Fautanu

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers first-round pick Troy Fautanu arrived in Pittsburgh for his introductory press conference. Fautanu explained his Steelers fandom and talked about his transition to the NFL, and where it led him to this point.

Fautanu is a fantastic athlete who brings versatility and smarts to the table. I think Fautanu is wholly unique in this class because he is athletic but plays with a nasty demeanor. Taliese Fuaga fits that bill, too, but he might move inside to guard, and Fautanu’s tape, specifically with his hand usage and how he protects his outside shoulder, will allow him to stick at tackle.

He is a natural left tackle, so their dilemma is now whether to flip Fautanu to right tackle or keep Broderick Jones over there. It could go either way, but Fautanu has the chops to be versatile in five positions and is one of the crazier athletes the tackle position has seen recently.

Go watch his drills at the NFL Combine. This guy moves better than others in space. Fautanu has excellent lateral agility and can cut off his outside shoulder and mirror back inside on counters as a result. He has very little tightness in his lower body, and that fluidity allows him to take some absurd angles during the run game and make some impressive recovery reps.