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Steelers Reportedly Met With At Least 60 Players While At The Senior Bowl


According to Phil Savage, the Executive Director of the 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl, the Pittsburgh Steelers representatives talked to at least 60 players during the week while down in Mobile, AL.

Not only was head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert on hand for the annual college senior All-Star game, but defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was reportedly also spotted in attendance as well.

Being as there were approximately 105 players that took part this year in the Senior Bowl, the Steelers were surely able to meet with all of them that fit there scheme, based on the number that Savage threw out there and that's likely not unusual at all.

The South squad topped the North squad 20-10 on Saturday and Auburn defensive end Dee Ford was named MVP of the game. Ford is projected to be a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL, so you can bet that he was one of the players that the Steelers visited with during the week.

The scouting combine is the next major event for all draft hopefuls and that will again take place at the end of February in Indianapolis. During that week, the Steelers will be permitted to meet with up to 60 players for 15 minutes each per the guidelines of the event.

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  • Kevin Gobleck

    A couple of Stand outs i noticed were CB’s Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Keith McGill who are both good sized corners. Dee Ford was great rushing off the edge who i see fitting a 3-4 olb the best. Then Aaron Donald had a great week but i don’t think he is a 3-4 Prospect at all, and Jordan Matthews made a couple great catches too

  • LayDownTheHammer

    1) Aaron Donald is going to be good. DLs with a relentless motor end up fitting in well somewhere along the D-line.

    2) If Dee Ford is going to be a 3-4 OLB his play against the run needs a LOT of work. Not his fault because he was an edge rusher first (and almost exclusively) at AU. Like many young OLBs with good edge speed, his impact in the NFL will be measured at how fast/effectively he picks up a scheme and learns to play the run and maintain good gap control.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Where do you think we’d end up putting Donald if we got him though

  • LayDownTheHammer

    He won’t be a mid-first rounder unless he blows people away at the Combine, but he’s 6’0-6’1 and mid-280s. WIth the way he is now, and the fact that I haven’t seen much edge speed (at Pitt he played DT), I see him as a 4-3 DT only. He’s not 3-4 NT material; I suppose with his motor and an NFL training regimen that adds another 30 lbs on him you could attempt the switch. But DLmen usually end up sticking to their initial “slot” after the draft more often than not. Even Clowney, who’s clearly a 4-3 DE, would be suitable for a 3-4 DE IMO.

  • Shea Fahr

    You are right. Donald is an interior 4-3 Base up DT to me personally but I certainly would not mind grabbing SJB or JM in the late second or middle third rounds.

  • CW

    Personally I don’t see Dee Ford as being the better prospect over someone like Jeremiah Attaochu out of Georgia Tech. Ford seems to rely a lot on that edge speed rush much like Aaron Maybin did and Maybin turned into a huge bust as a linebacker in the Pros.

  • Alan Felicia

    You’re not kidding good sized corners. 6 foot 3 physical corners don’t grow on trees! LOL! Here’s hoping that Pittsburgh seriously consider drafting Jean-Baptiste in the 2nd or 3rd round.

  • Brian Miller

    I agree…Everything you hear about Donald has been outstanding…he has dominated in high school, college, and now the Senior Bowl, but I don’t think he fits the Steeler’s scheme. All I have heard about the Senior Bowl practices is how good Dee Ford has been, but if you watched the games from the article on Steeler’s Depot, as you said he needs a TON of work on stopping the run. Our LBs have so many responsibilities that there is no way we take only a pass rusher at the OLB position unless the staff is confident they can coach up the other part. Anyone who is in awe of Ford’s performance just needs to put on the tape of him in the Georgia and Florida St. game to get a better picture.

  • Callentown

    Loving SJ-B for the Steelers!

  • Patrick Reid

    Agreed, he needs polish though. If SJB can get with Lake I think he can be special. Ex Steeler Lee Flowers said he saw him at the senior Bowl and he looked like an absolute beast in person.

  • Patrick Reid

    Also, Christian Jones at ILB out of FSU is an athletic freak. If he is around in the 3rd we have to get him. Pairing him with Timmons could be awesome. Great cover skills!!

  • Josh Knepshield

    Maybin has not been successful because he weighs 220 lbs and refuses to put on any more weight. Dee Ford is 242 right now and is not a liability against the run. Attaochu doesn’t always play with much awareness.

  • DrakePirate

    SJB was 4th round material before this game … U really want to jump 2 rounds because of one game … He does intrigue me but 2nd round no way

  • DrakePirate

    Same response as above … I do like him on very limited viewing before the game … But 2nd really ?? Talk about reach

  • DrakePirate

    Like him , but 2nd come on … Rather have tre boston after 4th

  • Jazz

    Who ever they pick in the 1st two rounds, I just hope they can come in and contribute like #26 did last year. I agree with Mr. Rooney, the Steelers don’t have the luxury of waiting three years to see what they have. If LeBeau can’t adjust his scheme, maybe the Steelers need to adjust Coordinators. WR/CB/S/ILB, I just hope they get it right this year.

  • CW

    It’s a granted that Ford might turn out better.

    However that’s my concern with him since he’s likely to be a 1st round pick after his Senior Bowl. I’d be all for drafting him if we were talking fourth or fifth round, maybe even third. But first round on a guy who seems to use a speed rush most of the time over a player who might be a third rounder with issues, but potential? I’ll go with the third rounder.

  • Callentown

    I’m thinking 3rd/4th, not 2nd rd. Still can’t tell if he will be able to transition smoothly. He’s still pretty raw, but like his upside.

  • Josh Knepshield

    I agree. Ford is getting too much hype for one week of work, but I just can’t jump on the Attaochu train.

  • DrakePirate

    ya .. i am definitely interested, but haven’t seen nearly enough of him … heard he had a good all star game … did u catch a glimpse … if so tell me ur thoughts, missed it !

  • Callentown

    Didn’t take the game in, no. Perhaps Kevin (above) knows as he mentioned he stood out.

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