Report: Steelers Braintrust Have Dinner With Tennessee QB Tyler Bray Prior To Pro Day

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Todd Haley have been spotted at the Tennessee pro day on Wednesday. Adam Schefter of ESPN also reports on Twitter that the Steelers braintrust had dinner with Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray before attending his pro day.

Is there anything to get excited about here? Not really. Last year the Steelers had dinner with Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins prior to his pro day, but didn\’t draft him, or any other quarterback for that matter, last April.

The Steelers very well could be meeting with Bray to ask him about tight end Mychal Rivera, wide receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson, and offensive lineman Dallas Thomas.

The Steelers signed free agent quarterback Bruce Gradkowski last week to presumably back up starter Ben Roethlisberger. General manager Kevin Colbert has also said recently that the team has not closed the door on the possibility of veteran Charlie Batch returning for one more season.

Bray is a strong-armed quarterback who left Tennessee with a year of eligibility remaining. He has accuracy issues and needs to grow up quite a bit in addition. There have been several that have questioned his work ethic and his decision to not stay in school another year.

  • steeltown

    Well let me say this.. the Steelers very well may have drafted Cousins had WASH not selected him earlier in the 4th Rd… we’ll never know

    On a side note, if Mychal Rivera falls to the 6th or 7th Rd, would be a good value pick

  • RW

    I, for one, love this kid. Accuracy issues can be fixed, and his arm strength and delivery are great. Would also love Justin Hunter.

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  • uglybagofwater

    In all likelihood, Bray is the only quarterback they feel is worth taking in the draft, for what his contribution would be. He could well be the only QB on their board, but maybe only at a 4th round or later value. So if he’s hanging out there, maybe they grab him. If not, they won’t take a QB at all. It would be nice to draft a capable quarterback who could be groomed into a starter. With the way Roethlisberger plays, no one should expect him to wait until 38 to retire. When it comes time to extend his contract, it will only help to have a young player who is capable of taking over as starter (or at least to position him that way in negotiations).

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I’d love to have him good Strong arm could even end up being our quarterback of the future.

  • TheBlitz

    Exactly my thoughts. They may have drafted Cousins last year if he was there when they picked.

    Besides, we all (media included) assumed after they picked Ta’amu in the 4th that they traded up to grab Hampton’s replacement. Who is to say Ta’amu wasn’t actually a default pick or BPA when the Redskins picked Cousins just a few spots ahead of them ?

  • Shannon Stephenson

    He has the physical ability. If he is in the 6th and still there you take a chance.

  • steeltown

    Exactly.. we’ll never know, but I know one thing, coaches dont have dinner with prospects just to throw off other Teams or create smoke screens, they usually do it because they are genuinely interested in the player and want to get to know em personally

    He’s only 21yrs old.. could be groomed for a number of years

  • TheBlitz

    I have the feeling this dinner wasn’t about inquiring about his teammates. They may look at him as a work in progress who could end up being the franchise QB in 3 or 4 years. That’s plenty of time to mold him into a good QB and teach him how to play the game. He’s not going to be drafted (if he is) to be the starter this fall or even next fall for that matter.

    Don’t be surprised if the Steelers grab this kid in later rounds or free agency if he’s there.

  • hergieburbur

    Agreed, they need a young project and now is the time to get one.

  • Jazz

    I really like Justin Hunter, go to YouTube and take a look at his highlights. This kid is fast, tall, runs good routes, seems to be mature, and hasn’t had any off-the-field-issues. He reminds me of a young Randy Moss, but without all of the drama. The only knock on this kid is this, he tore his ACL in 2011, he only weighs like 208LBS yet he is 6’4. Experts seems to think he needs to bulk up to get off of the line of scrimmage. If they like this kid, they better snatch him in the 2nd, I don’t think he makes it out of the 2nd round.

  • zyzak

    8th rd pick

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    Just watched highlights of him along with Patterson and hunter and I think he has great potential and I know alot of debates about Patterson and hunter and judging from what I saw from the highlights I think I would rather have hunter although Patterson has a better build

  • Tom

    The concerns about Bray have never been about his abilities. The concerns are
    more about what is between his ears.

  • charles

    Accuracy issues cannot be fixed. Inaccuracy is a serious issue and one of the three atributes that an NFL qb MUST have. The other two are lateral vision and ability to take a hit (courage).

  • CrRe

    Yeah, man, I personally don’t mind if Steelers are interested. I mean if they were to draft him, like you mentioned, he could be groomed and given time to grow out of his immaturity. As long as they don’t use a early pick on him (which would be hard to see since we have so many needs anyhow) I’d be ok with it. After all, we never keep most of our picks from 5 and beyond much any more anyhow, haha.

  • Garrett Hunt

    QB is one position we can afford a project at. For a late round pick, why not take a chance?

  • CP 72

    I have to disagree with you. If you’re not accurate in college you’re not going to be accurate in the pros when the windows are smaller and disappear quicker. There’s always two or three guys that can throw 70 yards in the air every year. What stops them from being Brees, Manning, or Rodgers? It’s accuracy and work ethic. It sounds like this kid’s two big issues are accuracy and work ethic. I think he had bust written all over him.

  • SteelSpine

    For our 3rd QB, Jerrod Johnson would not require us using any draft pick.

  • SteelSpine

    Accuracy issues can be fixed? Hmm accuracy is pretty important for a QB. Maybe work ethic problem can be fixed, & that’s a maybe. I’m more inclined to side with CP72’s points below.
    But to your side, Jerrod Johnson was reported by scouts to be too-inaccurate for the pros, then he at-least threw well in our preseason last year.

  • Big Z

    Why did we ever cut Jerrod Johnson in the first place? He had a good QB rating and showed good potential, was this to keep Leftwich? Big mistake!

  • steeltown

    Yep, some have him pegged as a 2nd or 3rd Rder.. I dont see it, but if he falls to the 4th-5th Rd they might select him

  • RW

    Accuracy issues can be fixed with practice and increased mental fortitude. Of course, if there’s a mental knock on him, accuracy issues will never go away (see: JeMarcus Russell), but if he can overcome the mental aspect and increase his work ethic, he absolutely can fix his accuracy issues.

  • for yal who says he aint accurate your wrong. i dont think thats his problem. he didnt have a coach who knew how to coach him up. if he gets behead a manning of brady type qb then here in a few years bray will be deadly