The Pittsburgh Steelers were one of very few teams to pick multiple players from the same school this year – linebacker Devin Bush and tight end Zach Gentry of Michigan. When asked why the Steelers doubled down on Wolverines, head coach Mike Tomlin revealed his rationale.
Speaking to NFL Network host Rich Eisen this past week, Tomlin revealed his fondness for Michigan and its program. He explained that the Wolverines and the Steelers have similar core values – namely, “history, tradition, and legacy.”
“You just get that feeling when you walk into Schembechler Hall and see The Big House in the background, and it lets you know you’re in the right place,” he exclaimed to network host Rich Eisen and the rest of the staff on April 27.
“Certain kids are attracted to programs — like Michigan — that have a history, tradition and legacy that is centered around core values and football.
The Steelers traded up in the first round to draft Bush No. 10 overall. They also used one of their two picks from the Antonio Brown trade to get Gentry.
Bush and Gentry are two of three Michigan players drafted by the Steelers since Tomlin took over the team in 2007. The third was former Pro Bowl linebacker LaMarr Woodley, who went 46th overall in the 2007 draft.
The two Michigan stars were part of a five-man class of Wolverines to get drafted to the NFL.
Also selected in the draft from Michigan were linebacker Rashan Gary, cornerback Justin Layne, and safety Khari Willis.