2013 Senior Bowl – A Few Potential Steelers Prospects I Will Be Watching Closely On Saturday

The 2013 Senior Bowl is Saturday, and like the rest of you, I will have my eyes on several players that I think might could help the Pittsburgh Steelers. Below is a list of just a few players that I look forward to seeing with a very brief synopsis of each.

Feel free to add other names of players that you look forward to seeing play and what you are looking for out of each.

DE/OLB Ezekial Ansah – BYU

Is Ansah a 4-3 defensive end or an outside linebacker? He is really raw but can get after the quarterback. He still needs to learn how to set up tackles properly and also tends to get his pad level too high at times. I am curious to see how much he is asked to drop, if any and how he does holding the point of attack against the run.


WR Terrance Williams – Baylor

Excellent size and speed guy that is expected to shine in this game. He needs become a better hands catcher in my opinion as opposed to catching with his body so often. Not regarded as a receiver that is versed in the complete route tree. He needs polish, but there is a lot to work with tools wise.


RB Stepfan Taylor – Stanford

A high character kid that lacks elite elusiveness and a top gear. Runs good between the tackles and behind a fullback. He needs to keep his pad level down. He is regarded as a solid receiver out of the backfield and hopefully he gets to show that. Also has a reputation as a fairly reliable blocker.


LB Chase Thomas  – Stanford

Not very flashy but seems to be very well rounded. He can bull rush from the outside and also hold contain against the run. He should be all around the football, but needs to show more athleticism along with a better see-to-do response.


LB Khaseem Greene – Rutgers

He is always around the football, but needs to show better footwork as he tends to crossover his feet when moving laterally which hurts him when caught up in the wash. Concerns about his coverage skills need to be answered. A little stiff at times.


S Jonathan Cyprien – Florida International

Good size and instincts and is best used down in the box. Takes questionable angles when playing deep against the pass and is susceptible to play-action and being looked off. He can fill a lot of space, however. Must show that he is a reliable tackler and be able to fight through top notch talent. Small school kid with a lot to prove.


TE Vance McDonald – Rice

Can he sustain his reach blocks? I am interested to see him gain separation when used both on the line and detached in the slot. He has good hands with a good catch radius. Is he a complete tight end?


LB Nico Johnson – Alabama

Understands the 3-4 defensive scheme. Known as a run stopper that can fill gaps, but found himself on the sidelines on passing downs. Interested to see how he drops and if there is any future for him as a strong-side inside linebacker. He needs to have a good showing in order to hold his late round draft status. Expecting him to thump quite a bit and stack and shed with ease against the run.


South47Ansah, EzekialBrigham YoungDL60522741034 5/882 1/4
South35Johnson, NicoAlabamaLB60172499 1/432 7/877 1/4
South88McDonald, VanceRiceTE60412621034 1/281 5/8
South33Taylor, StepfanStanfordRB50902168 3/829 5/872 3/4
South44Thomas, ChaseStanfordLB60312419 1/231 3/875 5/8
South2Williams, TerranceBaylorWR60172018 3/430 5/874 1/8
North37Cyprien, JonathanFlorida InternationalDB600220910 1/830 1/276 5/8
North20Greene, KhaseemRutgersLB60042369 1/231 7/877 1/2

  • Cols714

    I’m intrigues about Terrance Williams and I guess a bit on Ansah but he seems like a Donatari Poe type of guy who the Steelers would never take.

    As for the RB, why would you scout a RB that lack elusiveness and a top gear? Seems pointless. Looking forward though to your thoughts on the draft as usual.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Chase Thomas is an animal!

  • AMTsteelers

    Love that you said Vance McDonald he’s a kid I love at tight end being more of a pass catcher and would be a real threat. I am also intrigued to watch Aaron Mellette the wide receiver from Elon. He’s a big athletic kid who can go up and get it.

  • Shieldzy

    Alex Okafor is a guy to watch. Same with Ansah in that he could be a DE or OLB. He plays better standing up in my opinion. He’s a little more developed than Ansah but has less upside. Still could be a great player. Good against run as well as pass. Well rounded player.

  • grw1960

    3 players who may draw Black and Gold interest

    WR Quinton Patton
    RB Mike Gillislee
    RB John Franklin

  • steeltown

    Would love to get Chase Thomas in the 2nd Rd

  • Dave Bradley

    We need ti get a LB with nasty mean streak, Think Greg Llyod or Joey Porter,

  • ox-burgh

    I have Stepfan Taylor as my 3rd round guy with Johnthan banks as my #1 and Justin Hunter as my #2.I think we can get a great pass rusher in the 4th round by the name of SeanPorter. If not Devonte Holloman would be a great pick up in the 4th-5th round with his size and cover /pass rush skill set.

  • westernsteel

    Not sure why this list has players who “lack elite elusiveness” and can’t catch with there hands. The Steelers don’t need projects with their first three picks in the draft. First and second round players shouldn’t have too many flaws.

  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    What happened to my last post?

  • nicolaisim

    I’d like for blitzburgh to watch #57 DE/OLB Datone Jones closely. He has amazing explosiveness for his size. Think Woodley but more explosive with awesome use of hands. We need to start a great passrusher. This guy is my favorite.

    I also really like what I saw from #4 WR Quinton Patton. He looked like a natural hands-catcher with great speed and fairly crisp routes. He made himself some money this week!

  • neighborhooddrunkpart2

    Why my posts keep disappearing? Any who, Aaron Dobson(WR Marshall),Quinton Patton(WR LA Tech), Lane Johnson(OT Oklahoma),Mike Gillislee (RB UF) and Phillip Thomas (S Fresno State) are players I have my eyes on.

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  • Clint Martin

    Landry Jones. But I have a weird feeling the QB from Oklahoma will be off the boards before we draft in the 1st round.
    Ansah I am curious to see how poorly he plays.

  • steeltown

    Intelligence and strength.. tons of tackles for loss, good with his hands in pass rush to free himself of blockers and a beast against the run. Plus he’s stayed healthy
    I think this kids going to be a star at the next level

  • I’ll be watching the WR I like Aaron Dobson from Marshall and Swope from Texas A&M.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I completly agree with you and he seems to be able to get constant pressure

  • Kysteeler

    Give me Terrence Williams, Taylor, and Johnson

  • Kysteeler

    Jones seems a little big to be playing OLB

  • SteelerPigeon

    Alec lemon. WR Syracuse 6-7th round.

  • jr

    Agree with what is written. Think the speed and agility is the only question.

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