Overcoming doubters that questioned his quality of competition, South Carolina State defensive lineman Javon Hargrave found a suitor in Pittsburgh Steelers with the #89 overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Hargrave has the has a ceiling that very few FCS defensive linemen can imagine. He could easily become the best defensive tackle from this draft in five years. He is a master of getting into the offensive backfield and causing havoc. He accumulated 37 sacks and over 60 tackles for loss during his time at South Carolina State.
At 6-1, Hargrave is a much more stout player than he shows on film. He has the ability to play lower than the taller offensive linemen he will face on a daily basis. That gives him an advantage that should even out his lack of arm length.
He is a great fit with the Steelers, but may struggle at the beginning of his career to find his footing at the NFL level. Once the game slows down for him, he will be a player to watch moving forward. Hargrave has that freak ability to destroy the entire pocket and break down plays in a similar vein to Albert Haynesworth, albeit at a smaller size.
Congratulations to Javon Hargrave and South Carolina State on sending another FCS defensive lineman to the NFL.