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Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin Spotted At Texas Pro Day


Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro will more than likely be the first safety to come off the board next month at the NFL draft so it should be surprising that Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has been spotted Tuesday morning at his pro day.

Vaccaro, who ran a 4.63 forty yard dash at the NFL combine last month, won\'t be running on Tuesday; however, as he is currently recovering from a hip flexor injury that he suffered during a private workout.  According to Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas on Twitter, he will still do position drills for those in attendance.

Many of the top scouts believe that the 6-foot safety will be drafted in the middle part of the first round, so that is where the Steelers would more than likely have to take Vaccaro if they want him. Pittsburgh, however, has only drafted one safety in the first round in the history of organization and that was Troy Polamalu, who they traded up in the first round to take back in 2003.

The 2013 safety draft class is the deepest that it has been in years, so it would not be surprising if they decided to pass on Vaccaro, who is reportedly already 23 years old.

It should also be noted that the Dallas Cowboys, who pick immediately after the Steelers in round one, reportedly have a serious interest in keeping the Texas product in the state. Several believe that owner Jerry Jones is willing to move up a few spots on draft day to ensure that happens.

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  • http://twitter.com/GeneralZY Cecil

    trade down with Dallas!

  • steeltown

    Any other year I’d be advocating for Vaccaro’s services, but with the depth at Safety in the 2013 draft, its not really as sexy a pick as it wouldve been even as early as last year.

    Tomlin is doing his due diligence

  • Clint Martin

    Marquise Goodwin slot receiver fast fast fast!

  • Mr irrelevant

    Elam is the pick unless we lose sanders last minute.

  • TsarPepe

    Doesn’t work that way. If the Steelers show willingness to trade down, Dallas would know that they are not interested in Vaccaro. So, they’ll just wait their turn, which is right after. If the Steelers do show interest, then Dallas would opt to go ABOVE them in the draft order.

  • SteelerDave

    Given the depth, there is zero reason to use a 1st round pick on a safety. Pass on Vaccaro. Take a safety in the 2nd or 3rd round and with the depth and lack of elite at the position this year the chances are good that any of them available in the 2nd and 3rd could be the best.

  • $19122620

    Yeah, no doubt, I agree.

  • steeltown

    Jonathan Cyprein.. the kids going to be a good one

  • http://twitter.com/NeffRn Randy Neff

    Vacarro is a Pro Bowl player at either strong or free. I’ve wanting a ballhawking fs for years. Hopefully the Steelers finally get one. Phillip Thomas of Fresno State is another to keep an eye on.

  • Cody Younkin

    I think Elam is better. has more speed and plays like troy in the box. i would trade up in the second for Elam if we got Hunter or Hopkins in the first (trade back).

    Also has everyone forgot about Ray Ray Armstrong?? We could get him as a UFDA for 1-2nd round talent.

  • Bob Francis

    And Dave, you’ve also pointed out on the podcast that if they see Golden as the future FS, then they’ll likely want a SS-type for a complement… and isn’t Vacarro more of a FS?

  • richheddleson

    Tomlin probably there to get a look at Vince Young……..

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    As long as he wasn’t there to watch that nutbag Vince Young

  • zyzak

    I like TJ McDonald in the 5th rd better

  • SteelSpine

    Everything I’ve read about him from scouts is he’s a strong safety prospect & not a free safety. Fine for us since we need either. Dallas badly needs offensive guards & safety so unless by some chance 2 outta the 3 of Warmack/Cooper/Vaccarro are available to the Steelers, I think Jerry Jones will leapfrog Steelers in the draft.

  • SteelSpine

    Sorry to interrupt but this might help, the NFL scouts/draft-reporters I’ve read said Vaccaro is way-better suited for NFL strong safety than free safety, & that was before he ran a slow 4.63. Here’s a good source: http://www.nfl.com/draft/2013/profiles/kenny-vaccaro?id=2539320

  • http://twitter.com/AndrettiJETS Andretti JETS

    Vince Young. That’s why they were there.

  • SteelSpine

    As I mentioned to another poster, I have a hunch Steelers could make an impact SS outta Cyprien. Has all the tools. My only concern of Cyprien is will he do an Anthony Smith by running his mouth guaranteeing victories. But NFL coaches could ahead-of-time tell him not to do that. Because Cyprien’s rising & Vaccaro’s slow 40, I expect any of the other teams desperate for SS will take him before Steelers 2nd rd spot.

    Safety is one of the top couple of draft needs for Steelers. I disagree with folks saying Steelers should be lackadaisical to wait to draft a S. I think the total of Polo/Golden/WillAllen/Cromartie-Smith adds up to zero that we can count on: Polo could be done, Will isn’t here, Golden & Cromartie showed nothing (yes they were young, but still it’s zero thusfar to assume they will be something). & could be Clark’s last year do to FA & accumulated concussions. I call that a desperate need.

    I realize this draft has some 3rd-rd safety prospects. Also cases have been made that not all 1st-round safeties lived up to where they were drafted, but if folks use that theory, on the other hand the last times we waited past 2nd round to draft safeties to be eventual starters was Anthony Smith (3rd rd) & Mundy (6th rd).

  • steeltown

    I fully expect Cyprien to be drafted early 2nd Rd, his stock has risen.. the Steelers are really in an odd spot considering all of the TOP WR and Safety prospects are late 1st /early 2nd Rd grade. They most likely will not trade back because someone WILL fall to them at #17..BUT this is the year where they should trade back
    I’ll reserve judgment on Golden, he’s to green.. but DCSmith doesnt seem capable (reminds me of Mundy) and of course W.Allen might not be back, so I would hope they draft SS somewhere between the 1st-3rd Rds

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I agree on both. I also like Swearinger from S.Car and Thomas from Syr.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    can’t catch or run routes.

  • http://twitter.com/rectorj39 JDR

    with the pussification of NFL ongoing, you’re better off getting a pure cover guy /ballhawk/ centerfielder, since any hit by a safety over the middle of the field is subject to penalty… might as well draft a bigger corner and move him to safety…. or maybe we could get the bucco’s McCutcheon to play a manly, real sport… you know, an actual centerfielder…hopefully they don’t turn football completely pussy like baseball, but unlike baseball, where you can either see a ball coming at you at 100mph or you cant.. being a good athlete will still matter
    why is baseball still around? and why are they playing games when it can and will snow, and end it when its snow time again…the first kickoff(if it stays a part of the game) should signal the end of baseball.
    still can’t believe the purple browns are letting pussy ass baseball run them out of town for the season opener… they should have scheduled it at home and let ticket sales and tv ratings decide whether anybody under the age of 55 even gives a shit about baseball anymore.
    as much as i hate the purple browns, its still an undeserved slap in the face of america’s greatest and most popular actual sport.

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