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Steelers take James Conner as RB stays in Pittsburgh

James Conner is staying in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers made the Pitt running back the No. 105 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Conner was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2015 while being checked during rehab for a torn MCL. He overcame the battle with cancer to be cleared in May 2016.

Before and after the battle with cancer, the bulldozing ball carrier was a workhorse. In 2014, he earned 298 carries for 1,765 yards with 26 rushing scores. In 2016 he had 216 totes for 1,092 yards and 16 TDs.

Conner will be a great addition in the Steelers' backfield as a power option behind Le'Veon Bell.

The Steelers needed a backup replace DeAngelo Williams. In the road-plowing Conner, Pittsburgh gets a stellar runner with upside. It's a great landing spot to start Conner's NFL journey.

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