The wait to be selected may have been longer than Benny Snell Jr. expected, with a few too many running backs picked before him, but ultimately the draft worked out pretty well for the Kentucky Legend as he was picked by a team that absolutely loves him.
For a niche player like Benny, all he needed was one team to fall in love with the intangibles that he brings to a team, and the Steelers did just that.
“We just like those alpha males, those personality types, those energy bringers. Aside from his physical talent, we were equally as impressed about the intangibles, what they said about Benny in Lexington.” Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin told the NFL Network.
According to OverTheCap.com, since Benny was picked with the #122 overall selection in the fourth round he will receive a signing bonus of $702,060.
The overall value of the contract reaches $3.2 million over 4 years with a steady increase in pay each year. Not too shabby for a 3-star recruit.
James Connor is the Steelers established starter heading into the 2019 season, but Benny will have ample opportunity to make an impact in an offense that flourishes when the run game is productive.
It will certainly be a little different seeing Benny in the black & gold, but it’s hard to find a better spot for him in terms of scheme fit, early playing time possibilities, a contending team and a city that will love him.
GOD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS…STEELERS NATION BABY????
— Mr SNELL YA LATER?? (@benny_snell) April 27, 2019