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Steelers DB Coach Carnell Lake At Florida Pro Day On Monday


The University of Florida Pro Day took place in the rain on Monday, but that didn’t stop Pittsburgh Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake from showing up to take in the activities.

Jeff Barlis of ESPN.com spotted Lake in attendance and was actually able to get a quote from him regarding the wet weather.

“You kind of feel sorry for these guys working out in these conditions,” said Lake.

Lake was obviously there to watch Florida cornerbacks Marcus RobersonLoucheiz Purifoy and Jaylen Watkins do their thing. Watkins, the brother of Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins, is the most intriguing of the three, but did not run as he is still recovering from a sprained Achilles tendon. He did, however, participate in position drills.

The Steelers are expected to draft at least one cornerback this coming May and more than likely they will double up at that position the way they did in 2011.

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  • PA2AK

    Time to step their game up and get an indoor facility like FSU!

  • Callentown

    Liked Purifoy all season for the Steelers.

    Go Gators!

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Jaylen Watkins is 5 feet 11 1/2 inches tall, 194 pounds, runs a 4.41 forty, with a 1.50 split, and benches 22 reps.

    For comparison purposes:

    Darqueze Dennard is 5 feet 10 1/2 inches tall, 199 pounds, runs a 4.51 forty, and benches 15 reps.

    Justin Gilbert is 6 feet 1 inches tall, 204 pounds, runs runs a 4.37 forty, and benches 20 reps.

    Athletically speaking they are all very similar. I point this out because a lot of fans are convinced that we MUST draft a CB in the 1st round. I’m not so sure anymore. There are a ton of good CBs available in the 2-5 rounds.

  • unnknown

    Measurables don’t necessarily tell the tale.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Have you watched Jaylen play? … I didn’t think so.

  • Ike Evans

    I have… like him more than the other two…Roberson is alergic to contact and purifoy is overrated because of his physical prowess…I like jaylen….he may be too short for the steelers liking though…dennard too…lebeau seems to have a hard on for tall CB’s ….I’ve heard though that darqueze may be too good to pass up because of size…not sure but I agree there are other corners in this draft but I don’t think they go jaylen…I wouldn’t be mad if they did though

  • James Kling

    2 CBs, one early, one late. I could live with Watkins ~R2.

  • unnknown

    No need to get snippy, your comment was based on measurables not ability.

  • Matt Manzo

    That’s what I was thinking! Do they really not have an indoor practice facility?

  • Doug Sawyer

    correct…Colbert spoke to this at the senior bowl…he said he had never seen such depth at CB in his career…to me this was a clear indication we would wait and get a CB in rd 2 3 or 4 or a combo of all

  • joed32

    Sammy Watkins? He’s going early.

  • PA2AK

    apparently not. of course, FSU didn’t get theirs until very, very recently. It’s a pretty slick facility too. They did it more on account of the lightening than the rain, but obviously solves both problems.

  • James Kling

    Reading is fundamental.
    Sammy attended Clemson, not Florida.
    “Lake was obviously there to watch Florida cornerbacks Marcus Roberson, Loucheiz Purifoy and Jaylen Watkins do their thing.”

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I said ATHLETICALLY they are similar. I didn’t say anything about measurables telling the whole tale. You are the one who chimed in without adding any specific insights on specific players.

    I have watched game tape on all 3 of these guys. (As well as many many others). So when I comment I’m giving my opinion on what I see. It is my opinion that Jaylen is about equal ATHLETICALLY to the top two corners. If you disagree then state your case?

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Agreed. I think Colbert’s comments were especially revealing because he said the same thing last year about the safety position. And he ended up waiting to draft Shamarko until round 4.

    Perhaps he is thinking the same thing about CB? I don’t know.

    I took his comments very similar to the way you did. Colbert has had some recent success in finding talent with mid round CBs. Cortez Allen, Keenan Lewis, and (in his mind) Willie Gay.

    Now he has also whiffed. But I think in his mind, he feels like he can find comparable talent in rounds 2-4.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I’m beginning to lean towards your line of thinking. One CB in round 2. Another CB in round 4 or 5.

    A few years ago Colbert drafted Curtis Brown (round 3) and Cortez Allen (round 4). I think he might look to tweak that strategy a little but stay in the same basic range.

  • PA2AK

    While I wasn’t remotely sold on the idea because of needs, I’m coming around to the prospect of drafting Ebron at 1.15. Where is one position that the Steelers are very good at drafting – WR. Where is the draft considerably deep – CB. Someone else made the comment that your #1 pick is hopefully a career Steeler. This puts Ebron in a very likely position to be the pick, imo. Could be the way they go.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Agree with most of this. There are 9 CB’s who went to the combine who are 6 feet tall or over. You can bet Colbert (and many other GMs) will be focusing on them.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    It’s funny you posted that because that’s exactly where I’m leaning.

    Ebron gives you a pass catching TE and a WR combined in one. How is that not high value?

    I know his official time was ONLY 4.60, but he’s been hand timed at 4.50 on multiple occasions.

    I see him as very similar to Marques Colston and Anquan Boldin as far as their ROUTE TREES and ability to go up and get the ball.

    But the fact that Ebron weighs 250 pounds gives him increased versatility. He basically gives you everything Kelvin Benjamin does, except bigger and faster.

  • PA2AK

    not to mention, he didn’t have the surrounding talent that Benjamin had. as for the 40…it’s a good measure and certainly not the only measure for speed in football. Film trumps most. I know i’m saying some obvious things. Also, i’ve been hand timed at near 5 flat 40’s. when I left HS football I realized how funny that is.

  • steelster

    yes, if ebron makes it past the bills which he could very easily do, he now may slide to the steelers. He is the only offensive guy I would take in the first round.

  • joed32

    I don’t watch or follow college football, NFL only, but I’m trying to learn who might be drafted where and what players might be available to the Steelers. I have no idea what school these players attended and to me it doesn’t matter. I should have picked up on the 2 CB thing. I do apologize for asking though.

  • James Kling

    LOL, no worries mon.

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