With names like Farrington Huguenin and Calvin Taylor, the Pittsburgh Steelers have made it a habit of taking undrafted free agents from the University of Kentucky in the last few years. Currently, the Steelers roster features four players from the Wildcats program, which includes backup running back Benny Snell Jr.
Their latest, undrafted free agent linebacker, Jamar Watson, comes to the team as a well-decorated defender. During his career with the Wildcats, Watson registered 107 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, and 18.5 sacks. His most notable season came in his junior year, when he registered his career-high 6.5 sacks, in addition to 36 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, and two forced fumbles.
Armed with position versatility. Watson's athleticism affords him the ability to play as an edge defender and flexed out against slot receiver. His noted specialty is his various pass rush moves and counters, complimented by his quick feet and agility. Despite issues with strength and physicality, Watson improved with each season and became very productive in pressure situations.
His arrival comes at a fitting time as the departure of Pro Bowl edge rusher and fellow Wildcats alum Bud Dupree has left a void in the team's depth at the position. Watson's abilities could be what the team needs to provide quality depth on one of the top defensive units in the NFL.