The Pittsburgh Steelers could very well address the inside linebacker position next month during the 2014 NFL Draft and if they do, one late-round prospect probably won’t be surprised if he gets a call from head coach Mike Tomlin on draft day.
According to Mike Griffith of mlive.com , Michigan State middle linebacker Max Bullough has had a lot of contact with the Steelers over the course of the last several weeks.
“The Steelers have been a great defense for years, (and) I’ve talked to the Steelers quite a few times, that’s a great program they have over there,” Bullough said, asked specifically about his dealings with the Pittsburgh franchise. “It’s definitely interesting to talk to those guys, especially a storied program like the Steelers.”
Bullough, who registered a 4.78 40-yard dash time at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine and 4.69 time at his Pro Day, also acknowledged the knock on him being a lack of speed, according to Griffith.
“There’s not much film of it,” said Bullough. “That’s (man to man) just not the way we did it, a little bit in the red zone. That just wasn’t a situation we were in very often the way we ran the defense. That’s why I got the knock of being the slow guy because there’s not much film of it (him playing man-to-man in pass coverage).”
Bullough, who figures to be a day-three selection next month, was suspended for the Rose Bowl game against Stanford for an undisclosed violation of team rules, but said he’s addressed that with the teams that he’s talked to so far.
During his college career, Bullough registered 299 total tackles of which 121 were of the solo variety. He also had 30.5 tackles for loss in 53 games played and forced four fumbles while intercepting three passes.