Steelers Brass Accounted For At LSU & USC Pro Days On Wednesday

The 2013 NFL pro days are slowly winding down, but the Pittsburgh Steelers brass is still out in full force doing their homework.

On Wednesday, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert were in attendance at the LSU pro day to observe several draft hopefuls. The big names who worked out were linebacker Kevin Minter; running back Michael Ford; defensive ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery; safety Eric Reid; cornerback Tyrann Mathieu; tackle Chris Faulk; and punter Brad Wing.

Minter, a 3-4 inside linebacker prospect, ran a forty-yard dash time of 4.67, which was an improvement from his 4.81 time that he registered last month at the NFL combine. His 34.5″ vertical jump was also an improvement over his 33″ combine effort.

Reid bettered his combine forty-yard dash time in addition as he ran a 4.50 on Wednesday. He decided, however, to stand on the rest of combine numbers.

Mingo and Mathieu both stood on their combine numbers, but reportedly took part in the position drills.

Out on the west coast, Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake and quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner were both spotted at the USC pro day on Wednesday. Lake was obviously there to watch safety T.J. McDonald perform, while Fichtner very well could have been there to watch wide receiver Robert Woods work in addition to quarterback Matt Barkley, who the Steelers most likely will not be drafting next month.

McDonald only participated in the broad jump inside and leapt 10\’11” There is no word yet as to what his forty time was.

In case you are wondering, and I know you are, Ryan Clark was at the LSU pro day and Troy Polamalu was at the USC pro day.

  • Addison

    Is Reid any good. I hear mixed reports.

  • Liking Robert Woods more and more. Will he be available when we pick in the 2nd round? Doubting it….

  • zyzak

    Steelers weren’t looking @ Mathieu. Trouble

  • Fivesevenzero Sports-Radio

    Reid is like Ryan Clark..Plays the Role of FS perfect allows SS to make plays.. Reid/Mathieu .. Clark/Polamalu..

  • Fivesevenzero Sports-Radio

    Not sure but Woods would be a steal for us in the 2nd. Hes gonna have a great NFL Career..

  • Garrett Hunt

    Mathieu would be a good fit in Pittsburgh assuming he stays out of trouble. We need some play makers on the defense.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Mike Tomlin loves Matthieu though, so they very well could be taking a long look at him

  • Shannon Stephenson

    You said that Lake was at the USC pro days to look at McDonald obviously…what about CB Robey? He is a small guy but plays big.

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  • hergieburbur

    He’s worth a look in the mid rounds, and he seems to get it finally. They have an issue with trouble, not with people who seem to have gotten past their trouble,

  • LucasY59

    If the Steelers get McDonald in the 4th rd (or later) I would be happy (the last USC S the Steelers drafted was pretty good)

    Robey is a VERY small guy (unless he’s covering Tavon Austin) dont think he will make it in the NFL

  • LucasY59

    I wouldn’t even think about drafting him untill after the 5th rd (most likely someone else will though)

  • LucasY59

    I really think that Woods and a couple of other players could slide into the later 2nd rd, the Steelers will have their pick of quality/high value players

  • Addison

    Thanks! I’m still hoping for Elam. So many needs. This draft should be entertaining

  • Mr irrelevant

    Elam is the pick at 17

  • I really like Minter I thinks he’d be a great pick for ILB

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Imagine ryan clark… being really inconsistent- that’s how Eric Reid play. However we already have a free safety on our roster (robert golden) even the job isn’t secured but it is his to lose.

    If there are safeties we need, its the blitzing safety (Polamalu’s role) and many have been high on Swearinger but not me. If you really want a good, I mean like great blitzing safety prospect, check Shamarko Thomas out. 5’19” 213 lbs, runs almost 4.4 flat, has higher vertical jump than his former high school teammate Justin Hunter. Runs like a cornerback, hits like a linebacker, and trick people like a joker.

  • steeltown

    He might slip into the 2nd Rd, but he’ll be gone before the Steelers pick… luckily there are a number of good prospects at the WR position this year… by process of elimination some of them will have to fall. I think guys like Hunter, Patton, T.Williams and Swope should be there for the taking if the Steelers choose to.. and thats assuming they dont go WR in the 1st Rd

  • steeltown

    I do agree we need a SS in this draft. We have no one behind Troy at this point. Everyone keeps talking about Reid and McDonald, but we need a SS prospect like Cyprein, Thomas or Williams

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    I really like cyprein but he look like a cover 2. Shawn williams have potentials to be either but… that’s the key word “potential” which is why I like Thomas. Syracuse run similar defense we run except for more 4-3 sets which is why I’m more higher on Thomas than most.

  • Clint Martin

    Mathieu is a nickel corner at 5’8″ 186 he would be a great special teams player however to draft a player knowing he can only play in passing downs is a stretch.

  • Clint Martin

    Small Just like Mathieu.

  • Clint Martin

    Steelers are not looking at Mathieu to small and WAY better talent before him in this years draft at corner.

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  • steeltown

    I think Cyprein is one of the more rounded Safeties in the draft, solid in coverage as well as good against the run, but I like the potential of all mentioned

  • Clint Martin

    They could be taking a look at Tharold Simon a 6’2″ 202 lb corner junior at LSU. He is ranked higher than the honeydew.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Fair enough. Now don’t get me wrong, I like Shamarko most because… well admittly, we played together (he was on jv when I was a senior,played with the wussy Marcus Davis of Va tech) but mostly because Thomas will have easiest transition of skillsets, experience, and athleticism into polamalu’s currently role…

    That being said, it doesn’t necessarily mean we will employ same scheme in future, we might as well play cover 2 as Timmons take over the Joker role (which he have been excelled past two seasons at) so hopefully this draft will tell the direction we are taking.

  • LucasY59

    thats why Mathieu isnt worth taking untill after 5th rd (especially with his off field issues)

  • David Edward

    Hi Alexander, you played with Shamarko at Ocean Lakes, huh? Nice! I agree with you that he’d be a good fit for the Steelers as a future replacement for Troy. He reminds of a kid from Erie, PA named Bob Sanders who we know went on to star in the NFL with the Colts. Shamarko’s height doesn’t bother me and he has the vertical to make up for it. I think he’d be a great pick in third round but someone may jump on him before he gets to the Steelers pick.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Yep, was on varsity with marcus davis when shamarko was a little kid who i’d run over every time (of course… he was a 5’3″ freshmen with no meat) anyway yeah to be a blitzing safety, height doesn’t matter to me really.

    That being said if I want to draft players to fill in starting slots i’d draft differently but steelers have a different idea.

  • Clint Martin

    I don’t like the kid at all.Would rather have a 6’0″ corner to play the outside.