The long wait through three days of draft circus came to a fullfilling end for Medford, Wisc., native EthanHemer.
With a resume that included starts in four consecutive seasons, Hemer became well known for his ability to eat up blockers, stand his ground and be a force inside.
Head coach Mike Tomlin decided defense was the way to go, both early on and then again late in the draft.
Taking Notre Dame defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt in the second round, the Steelers showed they had no bigger need than at defensive end.
Tuitt, who had been widely projected to go late in the first round, is a 6-foot-5, 303-pounder and has the ideal build for a five-technique defensive end.
Hemer, listed as a 6-foot-6, 285-pound defensive end, worked out for a handful of teams that showed interest at the Wisconsin Badgers pro day this past month.
His signing with Pittsburgh culminates his walk-on, to scholarship athlete, to Rose Bowl Champion to NFL roster invitee.