Athleticism matters in the NFL. Now I know what you are thinking “Wow Daniel, really ground-breaking information there.” But as obvious as that statement seems, there is very a very crucial piece of truth in there. While yes, sometimes scheme can compensate for athleticism, there is no substitute for elite athleticism. There is just no way to replicate Patrick Mahomes’ cannon of an arm or a linebacker’s sideline to sideline speed. Now you might also be thinking just where am I going with all this?

Well, athleticism plays a big part in the NFL Draft and it seems to surely play a part in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ draft history, especially when it comes to their first selections.
Here are the Steelers’ last six first round selections:

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