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Steelers OC Arthur Smith on Zach Frazier: ‘He’s Been a High Achiever His Whole Life’



Steelers OC Arthur Smith
Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Zach Frazier fell right into Pittsburgh’s lap and they knew they couldn’t resist. Steelers offensive coordinator Arthur Smith offered his thoughts about drafting Frazier with the 51st overall pick in the second round.

“It’s a rarity you find a guy with this kind of pedigree in second round. He’s been a high achiever his whole life,” said Smith to the media, including our partners at Steelers Now, immediately following the selection of Frazier.

NFL analysts have been calling Frazier “bust proof” while projecting how the West Virginia native will translate to the next level, adding pressure on the WVU product to be the success most expect him to be.

Frazier appeared in 47 games for the Mountaineers over a four-year span. Frazier’s career at West Virginia came to an end when he suffered a leg injury during the Baylor game on Nov. 25. He managed to get himself off of the field, avoiding a loss of time on the clock late in the game and impressing NFL scouts in the process. The Fairmont, W.Va. native capped off his Mountaineer career as an All-American and finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy.

The Steelers were rumored to be interested in Frazier throughout the entire draft process. Smith was hired as Pittsburgh’s new offensive coordinator this offseason.

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WVU head coach Neal Brown showered Frazier with praise once it was clear his college career was over, highlighting how much his final play shows his intelligence as a player.

“I can’t say enough about Zach Frazier. So appreciative of him and his family. I think one play sums up who he is for his entire career, and I just hope our fanbase, a young man from Fairmont, I think he’s the best center in college football,” said Brown.

Click here for Frazier’s complete draft profile.

For a related story, social media caught fire reacting to the Steelers drafting Frazier.

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