The Pittsburgh Steelers traded for the 156th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft with the Miami Dolphins to select Wisconsin defensive tackle Isaiahh Loudermilk. Interior pass rush is not a need for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they already have Stephon Tuitt and Cam Heyward, but Loudermilk gives depth at the position and could be a development player for future use.
Loudermilk did not show much production last season but has all the tools to develop into a solid interior player on the Steelers‘ defensive line. Raw, developmental, and upside is the best way to describe the inside rusher, Isaiahh Loudermilk.
He has a high motor and plays with a lot of emotion making him a wrecking ball up the middle of the defense. Has great quick-twitch off the line of scrimmage to close holes and be very effective in the run game. Loudermilk needs more technique in his pass-rushing ability and doesn’t get proper pad level, which can lead to him losing to powerful players at times. Regardless, Loudermilk needs some improvement to see serious time on the field but will be able to sit behind and learn from Heyward, Tuitt, and Alualu this season.
As the Steelers approach the sixth round, many people thought they would have gone corner by now, but depth at defensive tackle is needed. Although the Steelers have had a top ten defense the past couple of years, they did not have much depth at some positions as last year showed some weakness when key guys picked up some injuries.
Isaiahh Loudermilk has a lot of time to develop and could grow into being a rotational defensive tackle or end in the Steelers 3-4 scheme. With having good support around him, Loudermilk could be a nice add of depth to the Pittsburgh Steelers next season and develop into the starting rotation in the future.