In the third round, the Steelers drafted tight end Matt Spaeth and sent in offensive coordinator…
Minnesota TE Matt Spaeth Picked by Pittsburgh
"I am so excited to be part of a great football tradition like the Pittsburgh Steelers," Spaeth said. "I don't think it has completely hit me yet, but I am looking forward to contributing to their new regime and helping the Steelers to future success."
Spaeth is coming off shoulder surgery at the end of last season. He said he will be 100% before training camp.
Spaeth, a St. Michael native, is the first Gophers' tight end drafted since 1986, when Kevin Starks was chosen 224th overall by the Atlanta Falcons. He also is the 19th Gophers player to be drafted in the past 10 years.
Spaeth was second on the team in receptions (47) and receiving yards (564) last season. He had four touchdowns. Spaeth became the school's all-time leader in career receptions (109) and receiving yards (1,293) by a tight end last year, surpassing Colts tight end Ben Utecht in both categories.
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