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The Steelers traded up to No. 156 overall in the fifth round with the Dolphins to select Wisconsin defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk. Miami received a 2022 fourth-round pick from the Steelers.
Kevin Colbert mentioned in his pre-draft press conference that it was "very doubtful" they'll trade up given that they had just eight picks. The Steelers ended up giving up a fourth-round pick next year to get Loudermilk in the fifth round, however, they could be banking on getting a few compensatory picks in 2022 with the departures of Bud Dupree, Mike Hilton and Matt Feiler in free agency.
Loudermilk played in 40 games with 26 starts at defensive end at Wisconsin, recording 63 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and nine pass breakups.
Loudermilk will provide depth on the defensive line behind Cam Heyward and Stephon Tuitt.
Below is a scouting report on Loudermilk by The Draft Network.
"Wisconsin defensive lineman Isaiahh Loudermilk leaves the Badgers program having served as a multi-year starter at defensive end for the team. Loudermilk offers the kind of size and extension skills that simply can’t be taught to defenders; his looming frame with grab your attention as a potential developmental prospect to play along the line and he’s almost sure to get a look because of his size. But Loudermilk, despite his experience playing in the Big Ten as a multi-year starter, lacks appeal in leverage, power, pass-rush ability, and as an overall player; he’s more of a project than he is a plug-and-play defender. But with that in mind, teams who are willing to acquire young talent and invest coaching into them for several years will likely be keen on giving him a shot, making Loudermilk a candidate to get a look from organizations that are stereotypically high-stability environments. There, a long-term development plan can be put in place with a higher likelihood of seeing it through to him becoming a viable rotational defensive lineman."