From Tall To Small; Steelers Met With Diminutive Oklahoma WR Jalen Saunders At Combine

While the Pittsburgh Steelers apparently met with several tall wide receivers while at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, they’re also meeting with small ones as well . Some real some ones at that.

According to the Dayton Daily News, Oklahoma diminutive wide receiver Jalen Saunders met with the Steelers while in Indianapolis.

Saunders, who measured in at just under 5’9″ tall over the weekend, ran a 4.44 40-yard dash. At 165 pounds, he was the second lightest receiver at the combine thanks to Baylor’s Tevin Reese only tipping the scales at 163 pounds.

Saunders, who transferred from Fresno State to Oklahoma in 2012, caught 61 passes for 729 yards and eight touchdowns last season and that included five catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.

In addition to playing wide receiver, Saunders also returned 20 punts for 308 yads and two touchdowns for the Sooners with a long of 91.

Because of his size, Saunders mostly worked as a slot receiver in college. He also has an NFL bloodline as his uncle just happens to be Webster Slaughter, who was an All-Pro wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns.

Saunders figures be a day-three draftee in May, according to most projections.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    If we are going little guys go Dri Archer although he will probably go earlier.

  • Rob

    I would like to see Brandon Cooks if we are going small.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    As soon as I saw the title to this article, I thought to myself “I’ll bet he returns kicks,” and what do you know? 🙂

    With Sanders gone, NO WAY can we dangle Brown out there as a return man (at least not on a regular basis). A guy like Saunders could have great value in the 6th round if he’s available. Try to make every pick count, right?

  • James Kling

    I shit bigger’n that.

  • shawn

    Love Archer …. will prob be there in late 5th early 6th … what i like about him is he is actually more RB than WR but can do both equally well … But Saunders wouldn’t be a bad late round pick up !

  • Douglas Andrews

    Tough kid I could see him as a possible Chris Rainey type player. Would be nice if the Todd Haley could convince Dexter Mccluster to come to the Steelers.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I think that both guys will fill the need we have. I all have seen on Saunders is the little that was on this story and need to do more work to check him out.

  • shawn

    he’s a good late round pick up … and would fill our KR and x factor guy … but he doesnt fit the change of pace back …

  • cp72

    To expensive for where you’d have to take him. If we are gonna spend a draft choice early on a wide receiver let’s get someone big. We already have Wheaton and Brown.

  • Steve

    Dropped one Punt and got 2 yards on the other, don’t think Saunder fits the bill.