The Steelers made a trade, acquiring the 156th pick overall from the Miami Dolphins, sending the Dolphins their fourth pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
With the pick, the team selected Wisconsin defensive tackle Isaiahh Loudermilk.
“He is a defensive lineman,” said defensive line coach Karl Dunbar. “When I say defensive lineman, he is going to play everything from a five-technique to a zero-nose.
“He fits the mold for what we want to do here in Pittsburgh. He is a strapping young man. To get a kid with this kind of size and height in the fifth round is a really great gift for the Steelers.
“His versatility really helped him get picked for this team. The only bad thing about him is he is going to come here and won’t be able to wear No. 97 (Cameron Heyward’s number).”
Loudermilk was an All-Big Ten third team selection (media), All-Big Ten honorable mention (coaches) and an East-West Shrine Bowl selection.
He played in 40 career games at Wisconsin, starting 26. He has 63 career tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss and 7.5 sacks. He also added nine pass defenses and two forced fumbles.
“It means so much to me, especially to be a part of an organization like this,” said Loudermilk. “I know traditionally it’s a great defense. I still have so many emotions going on. It’s a team a grew up watching a little bit when I first started watching football, so I am excited to have this opportunity.
“I have just been waiting around. I knew there was interest there. I had a great chat with Coach (Mike) Tomlin a couple of weeks ago. I have been waiting around today for anything and I am so excited it happened to be the Steelers.”
Loudermilk said while watching the Steelers, he has paid close attention to Cameron Heyward on the line and can’t wait to learn from him and Stephon Tuitt.
“I know I am going to be able to come in and really be a sponge,” said Loudermilk. “I know I will be able to learn an amazing amount from those guys. Cam Heyward is someone I have been watching for a while, an incredible defensive lineman and someone I am super excited to learn from.”