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Get to know: Steelers defensive tackle Javon Hargrave

Chris Adamski
| Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, 6:42 p.m.
Rookie Javon Hargrave is getting assimilated into the Steelers' first-team defense.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Rookie Javon Hargrave is getting assimilated into the Steelers' first-team defense.

Position: Defensive tackle

Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 305 pounds

Experience: Rookie

College: South Carolina State

A 300-pound interior defender who was one of the most productive pass rushers in college football over the past two years, Hargrave almost certainly would have been a first-round pick had he played at, say, an SEC school. But he fell to the third round, where the Steelers were happy to add him to a defensive line in need of depth. Hargrave entered camp as one of the more intriguing players. His quickness off the snap for a player his size is often a sight to behold.

You had a six-sack game as a junior. How often do you get asked about that, and do you remember how you felt that day?

Man, I really don't, but I just feel like I was in one of those zones. It was just a feeling of ‘keeping coming and coming.' I can't really tell anyone anything about it because, at the time, I didn't really know how many I had. I only found out after the game.

What's it like to play for your veteran position coach, John Mitchell? He can be demanding.

He's a little fun. (Laughs). Man, but at the end of the day, he wants the best for us. He's just teaching us everything he knows, so I'm trying to soak it all up and learn and grow as a player.

Do you have any hobbies?

I'm more of a chill guy, just chill with some Netflix — binge-watch a TV series — play video games, something like that. With what we do out here, I just wanna lay down and chill after that.

Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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