The Pittsburgh Steelers used a fourth-round draft pick on Kentucky running back Benny Snell, adding depth to a backfield that is already headlined by James Conner.
Snell is thrilled to be a member of the Steelers organization, saying he was made for this:
“I felt like I was made to be a Steeler,” Snell said on 93.7 The Fan. “It was just right. It feels right. This is my type of football and the fit was just perfect. I feel that I’ve been in a lot of situations, and the NFL is completely different, but I feel like I’ve had pressure on my shoulders on so many occasions that I became successful at the end of the game. Or I was able to get those tough yards, get the touchdown if needed, so I feel like whatever situation I’m put in, I’m going to try to give my best so we can have the best outcome.”
The 21-year-old is coming off a junior campaign in which he racked up 1,449 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground, averaging five yards per carry.
Snell arrived at Kentucky in 2016 and instantly became an integral part of the Wildcats’ offense, rushing for 1,091 yards and 13 scores in his freshman season. Then, the following year, Snell was even better, totaling 1,333 yards while reaching the end zone 19 times as a rusher.
The Steelers went 9-6-1 this past season, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2013 in spite of a 7-2-1 start. Locker room issues derailed Pittsburgh in the second half of the year. Snell might bring more harmony to a locker room which needs all the cohesion it can get.