The Steelers came into the 2017 NFL Draft with several needs, particularly on defense. But with the 105th selection, they took running back James Conner out of the University of Pittsburgh.

Conner is a great story for many reasons: He was the 2014 ACC Player of the Year. In December 2015, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. By May 2016, he announced he was cancer-free, and now, less than a year later, he's a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers and will share a backfield with Ben Roethlisberger and Le'Veon Bell. 

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Pete Prisco's Grade: A

I am giving this kid an A just for being picked after beating cancer. It's a great story and he does have ability.

Instant analysis 

Conner is beloved in and around Pittsburgh for his work ethic and leadership. He played in just one game in 2015, but saw action in 13 games last season with the Panthers and rushed for 1,092 yards (5.1 YPC average) and 16 touchdowns. It was good enough for first-team All-ACC honors, and now he'll do what he's done since arriving at Pitt -- he'll go to work at the Steelers' South Side facility.

Fantasy impact

"The Steelers had a need for a backup running back in case they decide not to bring back free agent DeAngelo Williams, and James Conner could step into an interesting role for Fantasy owners. While Le'Veon Bell is a workhorse and among the best running backs in the league, he's been hurt in each of the past three seasons. Conner could end up as the handcuff for Bell, which makes him a late-round pick in seasonal leagues and a third-round pick in rookie-only drafts. Bell is also playing on the franchise tag, and if he leaves as a free agent after this season we could see Conner elevated into the starter if he proves himself as a rookie." -- Jamey Eisenberg