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Zach Frazier Talks Joining Young Core of Steelers OL, Living Up to Expectations



WVU Football Zach Frazier on senior day

Zach Frazier being a perfect fit for the Steelers goes well beyond Pittsburgh being the closest NFL franchise to WVU. Frazier discussed becoming a Steeler with the media, including our partners at Steelers Now, soon after hearing his name called on Friday night.

“I know how much O-line means to the Pittsburgh Steelers and their long tradition there of having great offensive linemen and great offensive lines, so it’s special,” said the Fairmont, W.Va. native when asked being the second offensive lineman taken by the Steelers through the first two rounds of the draft.

Frazier also touched on the challenge of being part of a young offensive line in Pittsburgh that will be expected to perform to a high level right away.

“I think you just have to trust in the guy next to you. For me, making all the calls at center and making sure we all on the same page. I think that’s just built through reps and I’m ready to get started working on it.”

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.

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

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.

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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