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Pittsburgh Steelers land Pitt star James Conner, who beat cancer, in third round

The AFC North provided the sweetest selection as the NFL Draft continued through its second day on Friday.

The Pittsburgh Steelers made the heartfelt choice -- one that will be hard-pressed to top Saturday -- when they chose Pitt's James Conner with the 105th overall pick, a third-round compensatory selection.

With the 105th pick in the 2017 #NFLDraft, we select RB James Conner. pic.twitter.com/xPkX1ceIOf

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 29, 2017

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Connorrushed for 1,765 yards and 26 touchdowns as a sophomore but suffered a knee injury in Pitt's opener in 2015. Subsequently, he was diagnosed with cancer,Stage 2 Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Conner beat the cancer and returned to star for the Panthers in 2016, gaining 1,092 yards on the ground and scoring 20 touchdowns overall.

A familiar face. #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/15hPRPI1QE

— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 29, 2017

James Conner: "This is a dream come true. I'm forever grateful… I know a lot of teams were scared, but (Steelers) gave me an opportunity."

— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) April 29, 2017

Conner was welcomed into the fold quickly by teammate-to-be Cam Heyward.

Heck yea! I think I found my day one! Welcome, come across to the other side! @JamesConner_ pic.twitter.com/BBNefKpQNx

— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) April 29, 2017

Another former Pitt star and current Arizona Cardinal great, Larry Fitzgerald chimed in, too.

Congrats to @JamesConner_! #H2P #NFLDraft

— Larry Fitzgerald (@LarryFitzgerald) April 29, 2017