2012 NFL Draft Round 7: Pittsburgh Steelers Draft TE David Paulson With 240th Pick

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Oregon tight end David Paulson in the 7th round with the 240th pick of the 2012 NFL draft

2011 — All-Pac-12 second team (Pac-12 coaches, Phil Steele) … Capital One academic all-district 8 and Pac-12 all-academic first team selection … Selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game for the West … Appeared in 14 games, starting 13 … Team’s third-leading receiver with 31 catches, 438 yards and six touchdowns … Made one grab for 10 yards in Oregon’s Rose Bowl win vs. Wisconsin … Caught two passes, including a 22-yard touchdown in victory over UCLA in the Pac-12 Championship Game … Had a career-high 105 yards on eight receptions and a touchdown in win vs. Oregon State, earning national tight end performer of the week from the College Football Performance Awards … Three catches for 48 yards, made one tackle and caught a pass to convert on a 2-point conversion vs. USC … Three grabs for a team-high 65 yards and a touchdown in win at Washington … Two receptions for 31 yards vs. Washington State … Caught a touchdown for the second straight game and had two catches for a team-high 48 yards in win at Colorado … Also passed for a 2-point PAT against the Buffaloes … Three catches for 41 yards and a TD in win over Arizona State … Led the team with 22 yards on three receptions and a touchdown at Arizona … Lone reception went for five yards in win vs. Nevada … Three grabs for 21 yards against LSU … Led all tight ends in vertical leap (28.5 inches), fly 30 (3.09 seconds), shuttle (4.21 seconds) and “L” run (7.27) during winter conditioning … Led the White Team with four catches for 42 yards in the spring game.

2010 — Honorable mention All-America selection by SI.com … First-team all-Pac-10 according to the conference coaches and Scout.com, and a second-team choice by Phil Steele … Pac-10 all-Academic first team … One of just four conference players to be named first-team all-Pac-10 and all-Academic … Third on the team in receiving yards with 418 and second among receivers/tight ends with four touchdowns … Led all players who made at least 13 catches, averaging 17.4 yards per reception … Started every game at tight end and logged the second-most plays on the team … Caught three passes for 48 yards in the BCS National Championship Game vs. Auburn … Three catches for a team-high 48 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown in win vs. Arizona … Three catches for 41 yards vs. Washington … Lone reception went for eight yards at USC … Equaled career high with four catches for 62 yards and a touchdown vs. UCLA, earning national tight end performer of the week from the College Football Performance Awards … 19-yard grab in win at Washington State and a 13-yard catch vs. Stanford … Career-long 61-yard reception among his two catches for a team-high 76 yards at Arizona State … Caught a touchdown for the second straight game and had four receptions and 61 yards in win at Tennessee … Made two grabs for 42 yards, including the first touchdown of his career on a 30-yard reception vs. New Mexico … Shared honors as team’s fastest tight end during winter workouts, recording an electronic time of 4.89 in the 40-yard dash … Was position’s co-leader with a 297-lb. clean, in addition to leading all tight ends with a 28.5-inch vertical leap.

2009 — Emerged as a dependable option coming off the bench and one of the Ducks’ most improved contributors, both as a receiver as well as from the line of scrimmage … Added a personal single-game high three catches for 20 yards vs. Washington State … Yet few catches may have been any bigger than his lone grab (10 yards) at UCLA … Latched onto the football near the Oregon sidelines to keep a drive alive that resulted in an Oregon touchdown drive … In fact the season was epitomized by his big grabs as 11 of his 12 receptions resulted in first downs, while 11 catches contributed to Oregon scoring drives … His season-best 59 receiving yards at Washington included a 32-yard first-down catch on 3rd-and-25 from the UO 48-yard line … Also made the deciding block downfield on LaMichael James’ 56-yard TD run against the Huskies … Recorded one reception for 27 yards – the longest passing play of the game – in first career start at Boise State, before returning the following week to add one catch for 11 yards vs. Purdue … Totaled 12 catches for 185 yards for a team-best 15.4-yard average … After catching passes in eight of his team’s first nine games, was held without a reception for a two-game stretch before latching onto a 10-yard catch in the regular-season finale vs. Oregon State … Selected as a Pac-10 Conference first-team academic all-league choice with a 3.68 GPA in business administration.

2008 — Saw his first game action as a collegian in win over Utah State.

2007 — Made the most of his redshirt season, earning scout team player of the week honors for his work leading up to wins vs. Houston, at Stanford and vs. Washington State.

BEFORE OREGON — Considered among the top prospects in the state as evidenced by his No. 4 selection on the Tacoma News Tribune’s Northwest Nuggets list … Also ranked 16th on SuperPrep’s Northwest Hot 100 ledger … The first-team 3A all-state linebacker (Associated Press) was tabbed as one of the nation’s top 50 tight ends after hauling in 18 catches for 182 yards his senior season … Played QB for the Ravens in his senior season … Still attracted SPSL 3A league defensive back of the year acclaim as well as second-team all-conference attention at quarterback … Received pre-season All-America attention by SuperPrep prior to his final prep campaign after catching 35 passes for 375 yards and seven touchdowns in 2005 as the second-team all-state tight end.

PERSONAL — Born David Joshua Paulson in Renton, Wash. Parents: Scott and Kristi Paulson. Family: Two brothers. High School (Coach): Riverside (Andrew Sage), 2007. Major: Business. Redshirt: 2007.





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  • Bleebo77

    Need to learn more, but this seems like a really uninspired pick. I’d love for them to use late rounders on small school developmental prospects (esp. DE, OLB, OL) and higher-graded guys who have fallen. Paulsen seems to have a really limited upside and will be VERY lucky to make the practice squad…

  • Reader783

    I agree with you. I was sitting with the lists of the remaining DE’s, OLB’s, S’s and CB’s on Kiper’s big board and was upset that we passed up on guys like Cam Johnson (DE), who was 97 on Kiper and 50 on Mayock. We also passed up on some good safeties (relatively speaking) like Antonio Allen. But Colbert and the scouts do this for a living and we are sitting at home watching.

  • Chad Schmidgal

    Really? I just read that while he isn’t fast or huge, he can block well and catch anything thrown at him…sounds like a Steeler TE to me.

  • HOW BIG IS HE???

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I completely agree…Coleman QB…McCary S both small schol guys that have a lot of upside

  • Jprankster2005

    Is he a good blocker?

  • Jake

    you guys are idiots, Paulson is an amazing tight end who will end up being a very good number 2 tight end and in a few seasons start……. did you ever even watch the kid. look up his highlights. Pitt has terrible tight ends. finally they got someone that can help the team in that position…

  • Jake

    yes, not the best. but as you can see he was a starter for 2 years at oregon (whos offense is mostly running) so yes he can block. but his hands are what is really impressive. he would have been a 2nd or 3rd round pick but last season they didnt pass as much. but when he did catch the ball it was big plays

  • PoKey21

    Heath is a top 10 Te in the legue. Just because he doesnt have flashy numbers doesnt mean hes not moving the changes, helping the OTs, and blocking down field. IDC if this kid can catch or not id rather him be able to block. Can he? i dont know. But what i do know this is a whole hell of a lot better option than taking Fleener in the first.

  • Jprankster2005

    What I’ve read and seen on this kid he will probably be the number 2 TE he will beat out Pope in preseason….. Unless Haley’s offense is really hard for him…… and then again Pope’s been everywhere with Haley so they might just keep Pope for that sole reason, But then again the steelers usually don’t play favorites

  • Bleebo77

    I’ll admit to not watching him, and I’d be happy to be wrong, but the reviews I’ve read say he’s tight-hipped, a strider that takes time to get to full speed, and not a great blocker. The upside are his hands. We could use some TE help, so let’s hope he sticks!

  • Jake

    he is not a bad blocker in any circumstance, obviously not to be able to start for the quick oregon ducks for two years. he may not be the fastest guy but he knows how to get open and use his talent to the fullest. Heath is old. he will be done in a couple years. time for DP to take that starting position.
    David Paulson skill ratings 1-10
    catching- 10+
    blocking- 7 1/2
    route running- 9
    speed- 6

    plus he is an extremely smart kid who has a good head on his shoulders and stays out of trouble. graduated with his masters and a 3.68 GPA. He just has all around great potential. Go to Youtube and type in David Paulson highlights, his 2010 and 2011 highlights are amazing.

  • Eric87

    I liked what I saw out of his combine videos. This guy is just a backup remember and looks like he has great hands