GM Kevin Colbert Represented Steelers Wednesday At Alabama Pro Day

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert was present for the 2012 University of Alabama pro day Wednesday as were reps for 29 other teams in the league. While several draft worthy players worked out for all in attendance, one could easily speculate that Colbert was there to mostly watch linebacker Dont\’a Hightower, who reportedly only went through a few of the drills and focused more on the position workouts. Hightower did improve his combine vertical jump by one inch Wednesday, as he leaped 33 inches. He also turned in a 9 foot 9 inch broad jump as well. He did not bench press Wednesday and said that he intends to do that at a second pro day that is scheduled for March 29. In addition to the jumping, Hightower had a 4.68 short shuttle time and a 7.55 cone drill time.

Tony Pauline reported for Sports Illustrated that Hightower showed some stiffness in his change of direction abilities during the drills and that he was not quick in coverage drills either. Pauline believes Hightower did nothing on Wednesday to dispel the belief that he\’s only a two-down linebacker.

Another player that Colbert might have had a talk with on Wednesday was nose tackle Josh Chapman, who is still recovering from a torn ACL. Chapman did not participate in the drills, but did do 29 reps on the bench press. He was quoted as saying that his knee is healing well and that he hopes to be 100 percent by June.

Below is the interview that Hightower gave to the media following his workout and here are the reports from Gil Brandt and Mike Mayock from Wednesday.

  • Paul

    Looks more and more like the Steelers will trade down in this draft. They should as there are a lot of round 2 and 3 grade players at positions of need

  • Bleebo77

    Thanks for the round-up! I see that most mock drafts now have the Steelers picking Hightower. I hear good things, and while I’m no talent scout, I do worry a bit about his perceived liability in coverage. Would the Steelers be better off going a different direction in round one and then trying to get one of the “cover ILBs” in round two or three? Or even picking a Zack Brown instead? My other round one draft question concerns what the Steelers would do if ALL the players with first round grades at positions of need are gone by 24 (Kuechly and Hightower, DeCastro and Glenn, Barron, Poe, Adams). Then what?! Would they take a Konz or a Janoris Jenkins or even a Devon Still, Nick Perry, etc.?

  • Joe D

    Steelers #1 need is OL… don’t be surprised if they take an OT and move Gilbert to guard… it will depend upon who is on the board.
    Steelers #2 need is NT…

    I will be shocked and disappointed if Steelers draft an ILB in round 1 or 2. They would be better off with a CB over an ILB.

    Hightower… tooooooo heavy for an ILB… translation… too slow.

  • Joed32

    Not nearly as heavy as Levon Kirkland was.

  • Joed32

    Colbert doesn’t trade down much, dropped 3 spots in the 1st and got Hampton, but that’s about it. It’s hard to find somebody who wants to trade up unless you get lucky.