2014 Draft

Steelers Coach Keith Butler Expects Easy Transition For New LB Jordan Zumwalt

Several have speculated that UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt has the versatility to play both inside and outside in the Pittsburgh Steelers defense, but linebackers coach Keith Butler said Saturday afternoon that inside is probably where he will land.

“He’s a long, tall kid, but I would see him as an inside guy, too, at this point,” said Butler of the Steelers first of two sixth round draft picks. “He’s a kid that can provide some backup for us that should be able to play some special teams for us and create competition for us at the inside linebacker position. We’re going to have some.”

Due to the defense that Zumwalt played in at UCLA, Butler doesn’t seem to be too worried about him being able to pick up the Steelers system.

“The kid played in a very similar defense that we run here,” said Butler. “The transition is probably going to be a little bit easier.”

At UCLA, Zumwalt played in 50 games over four seasons and recorded 256 total tackles of which 164 were of the solo variety.

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