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Steelers Offensive Line Coach Present At Kent State Pro Day


Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports on Wednesday via Twitter that the Pittsburgh Steelers, along with three other NFL teams sent their offensive line coaches to the Kent State pro day to observe offensive linemen Brian Winters and Josh Kline.

Winters played left tackle in 2012, and also played right tackle and right guard while at Kent State. He made the All-MAC team three times during his career.

Reed reports that he talked to two NFL scouts on Wednesday and they told him they really like Winters but see him as a guard at the next level because of his size. Winters was also asked to take a few snaps at center during his workout so scouts could drill him at that position in addition to guard, according to Reed.

Kline, a left guard, earned second team All-MAC honors this past season. He and Winters were both members of an offensive line that had a stretch of allowing just three sacks over eight games. The two also helped the Golden Flashes produce a pair of 1,300-yard rushers in 2012.

Winters measured in at the NFL combine at 6 foot, 4 inches and weighed 320 pounds. He suffered a pectoral injury during his bench press and it forced him to sit out the rest of the drills as a result.

Kline reportedly measures almost 6 foot, 3inches and weighs 309 pounds. He did not receive an invite to the combine last month.

The Steelers seem to be seriously scouting another guard for the upcoming draft. While Reed did not say specifically, we can only assume that new offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. was the coach present for the pro day.

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  • steeltown

    Well if they’re ‘seriously scouting’ OG’s right now, then I would assume Colon is as good as gone.. and as already mentioned 100times over, a June 2nd designation would save over $5MIL which then would be more than enough $$$ to sign the rookie draft class (two birds one stone)

    I like the versatility that Winters could provide… would most likely play Guard, but has experience at Tackle as well.. with the often injured OL of the Steelers, versatility is a must

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.shoemaker.520 Bob Shoemaker

    I believe that the Steelers will lose Foster, Starks, and Legursky to free agency. In addition, they would like to cut Colon with a June 1 designation if they can round up anything like an adequate replacement. It will not surprise me at all if the Steelers draft OL #1 & #2 again this year. If either of the 1st round guards are still there at #17, I think the Steelers take one. Moreover, if Barrett Jones is still there at #48 (and it appears from the general consensus around the web that he will be) and we DON’T take him, it will be one of the stupidest draft decisions of the last SEVERAL years (1st team SEC at guard as rSo, Outland trophy winner at LT as rJr [would likely have been a 1st round selection at Tackle last year if he had come out for the draft], Rimmington trophy at C as rSe [also won the Campbell/Draddy, {academic Hiesman}]).

  • steeltown

    It is crazy to think we might be without Max, Foster and Colon in 2013.. they will definitely draft two OL in this draft if all three of the above mentioned are gone

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    The Steelers will draft a guard this year. The question is where the best value lies. Cooper is a great guard because of his quickness. But J.C. Tretter and David Quessenberry were just as quick as Cooper at every combine drill (if not quicker). I’m not saying they are better prospects. But how much do we lose by waiting until round 4 for one of them instead of blowing another round 1 pick on interior OL?

  • Dan

    Haven’t heard any talk about the possibility of Colon taking a pay cut. It would seem that he would be willing given the circumstances. And he and Ben are buddies so it might add some goodwill in the group. He played well when healthy last year and adds experience to a very young group (assuming Starks is gone). It would seem like a good idea unless the coaches are convinced it is impossible for him to stay healthy or just plain want to go another direction, like Beachum or a draft pick.

  • steeltown

    I could definitely see the Steelers drafting two OL guys in the middle Rds, maybe even one right after the other in the 4th and 5th

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.shoemaker.520 Bob Shoemaker

    I think Foster would bail for even money. He feels unappreciated, and justly so. They’ve constantly tried to move him out of the lineup only to have him be one of their best linemen and one that is actually healthy enough to play every week. Gonna be a shame to lose him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.shoemaker.520 Bob Shoemaker

    If I’m right about who we lose, we will have to have at least one guy that is plug and play. Not likely to get that in the 4th or 5th.

  • steeltown

    Agreed. Most dependable OL player by far

  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.thom.37 Alex Thom

    Bob – Thank you very much. I have been saying this for months now that we drafted a combo of Cooper/Jones or Warmack/Jones that would be the best thing we could do in the 1st & 2nd rounds as far as value is concerned.

  • steeltown

    Not likely, no… but hell Beachum was looking terrible in preseason but by seasons end was looking like one of the more versatile players we had

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.shoemaker.520 Bob Shoemaker

    True. He looked good late, and may be able to take the LG spot from the start now, but I worry about the mobility and smarts of everyone other than Pouncy and DeCastro now that we’re looking to change to a primarily zone scheme.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Coaches & assistant coaches of NFL teams go to pro days. Theres many reasons they have done that. I dont know if past drafts showed that team drafted the guy, so I wuldnt get carried away.

  • Maurice_hill_district

    What experience do u want Colon teaching anyone? How to get pushed backward into qb, how to jump offsides, how to guard a bathroom door so noone will see what can happen to a drunk minor female, or how to get on injured reserve every year?

    Foster has experience too so I’d rather hav Foster share what it takes to overcome being undrafted to playing in rookie year multiple positions including offensiv tackle. Maybe we’ll get an undrafted offensiv lineman & Foster can tell his own experiences to that rookie.

  • nikgreene

    No offense Dave, but if these are the highlights – then it is a slow news day. I’m guessing things we’ll get interesting over the weekend. Thanks for all the work you do.

  • nikgreene

    Bob, if they spend two high picks on the OL this year again, does that mean that they are giving up on Gilbert already (he’s entering his 3rd season)? Would they draft a tackle/guard in the second round when there is no conceivable place that they could start? Are you suggesting they use a 2nd round pick on a backup tackle? It seems inconceivable to me that they would not use that pick to draft towards another position of need (WR, S, ILB, OLB, RB). I will concede that Cooper is a possibility in the 1st, though the fact that so few interior linesman are ever drafted in the top 20 makes me skeptical of that as well.

  • zyzak

    Hard to have confidence with Steelers way of handling linemen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.shoemaker.520 Bob Shoemaker

    I don’t think they are “giving up” on anyone. Warmack or Cooper will likely be the best player available that fills a need in the 1st, so I think they’ll take one or the other.

    Jones gets taken in the 2nd because he can play any position on the line, and play it well. In fact, I believe he is a 1st round talent and will prove superior to either Gilbert or Adams at LT. My guess is that it will work out that on those occasions when everyone is healthy Jones will start at LT, but when one of the other starters is hurt he’ll slide over to their spot and Gilbert or Adams will take the LT post.

  • steeltown

    I agree, though I think Adams is athletic enough and Beachum is not very big for a Guard at 305lbs he moves well… Gilbert is my main concern now, he is not mobile at all

  • LucasY59

    I think a more realistic thought is that the Steelers pick Cooper or Warmack in the 1st or Jones in the 2nd (all to play LG) I really dont see the “value” of 6 offensive lineman taken in the 1st or 2nd rd in the last 4 drafts. I do agree that any of those 3 players do have value, but I think there are other prospects that have equal value as well

  • dgh57

    How much you lose by selecting a o-lineman in the 4th or 5th rd as to the 1st rd depends on what happens with Starks, Colon and Foster! If all 3 are not retained then you have a HUGH HOLE on the left side of your o-line! That’s where a 1st rd player comes in handy or in this case Warmack or Cooper who can start from day one. Not likely to get that from a 4th or later rd player. There’s more than what a player does at the Combine as to what makes him a 1st rounder or not.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    The OL talent is fairly deep this year. Just like safety. I could see some serious talent slip into the 4-5 round range.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I agree about the huge hole if Starks, Colon, and Foster leave. I agree that Cooper and Warmack are plug and play prospects. What I disagree with is the stereotype that a 4th round OG could not start right away. Look around the league. Look at how many teams are starting OL that were late rounders or UDFAs. Good players. INTERIOR OL is the one position on a football field where a middle/late rounder can produce just about as good of results as their earlier drafted teammates (IMO).

  • nikgreene

    I guess my point is that there is little value in drafting a player that would cause other starter quality player to ride the bench. Especially considering all their other needs. If jones is as good as you say (by no means a foregone conclusion) then why is he rated as a 2nd round player at C and a 4th rounder at G? Do you have any evidence that he is even being considered for LT duties in the NFL?

  • dgh57

    I don’t believe in the stereotype that a player can’t start who is drafted in the later rounds either! Foster is proof of that. And there are plenty of other players on the roster at other positions that are starters who were drafted in later rounds. But how many later round draft picks start from day 1? Pouncy started day 1 and DeCastro would of started day 1 had he not been injured. They started (or would of) because they were 1st rounders! Sure a 4th rounder could come in here and work his butt off in the preseason and turn out to be a starter but at the time he is drafted the Steelers aren’t going to know that! That’s why if Starks, Colon or Foster aren’t retained then they will draft a 1st rd o-lineman that they feel will step right in to fill that position from day 1.

  • LucasY59

    I think Winters could be a good mid/late pick with his injury at the combine he may be available in the 5th or 6th? has some athleticism as a LT in the body of a G so he could be good in a zone scheme, also from the scouting reports I’ve seen he has a physical/mean streak which almost all Steelers LG’s have had

  • RMSteeler

    Not necessarily looking for draft picks at many of the Pro Days. Will have about 53 contracted, 7 or 8 draft picks and still need close to 30 more for the off season roster. I know some are already signed to futures contracts, but still have to do due diligence at some pro days and find that diamond in the rough.

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