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Steelers Had Dinner Tuesday Night With LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr.


The Pittsburgh Steelers had quite a few people in attendance for the LSU Pro Day on Wednesday and they picked up the dinner check Tuesday night for a player that they were in town to watch.

In a Wednesday afternoon interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio, LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. let it be known that he had dinner Tuesday night with the Steelers. Being as general manager Kevin Colbert, head coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Todd Haley were all spotted by members of the media on Wednesday, that dinner was likely had at a table for four.

Beckham measured in at his Pro day at 5’11” and weighed 195 pounds. Judging by reports, he stood on his numbers from the 2014 Scouting Combine, but did take part in position drills.

Many draftniks view Beckham as a first round draft prospect and he has accepted an invitation to attend the the May draft.

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  • steelster

    Dinner, that means they are going to draft him, sorry couldn’t resist. I will say this guy is good.

  • Weiss Chad

    I like it.still like lee better

  • James Kling

    Yeah, they wined and dined LeVeon last year, maybe it’s love.

  • steelster

    I like Lee but he had a 12 percent drop rate last year, not good.

  • steelster

    Didn’t they take Arthur brown to dinner last year ? Did they take any cb’s to dinner this year ? Maybe it’s a telling sign that the first pick will be a wr since they have taken 2 wr’s to dinner.

  • William Weaver

    Probably a way for Tomlin to write off the dinner? Lol

  • steelster

    He needs to write off his gut.

  • Weiss Chad

    I just saw that.I know he’s a willing blocker a special playmaker who I was under impression had soft hands.time to check more into him.I just like the playmaking ability..I still vote for defense be it dennard Tuitt or shazier.

  • Weiss Chad

    Didn’t they take Benjamin to dinner a week or two ago

  • steelster

    Yes and the fsu rb freeman.

  • gene mann

    lee struggled with injuries last year what percentage the year before

  • BigBSerrano

    They took Kirk Cousins out for Dinner two years ago…

  • Wing t

    Said it once and I will say it again. Seattle won the Super Bowl with Tate and Baldwin as wrs. We need a defense. Did cowher ever have this many holes?

  • steelster

    Why not a draft a wr high to help keep the steelers in games in 2014 and the rest of the picks on defense.

  • Wing t

    I would only draft a wr if it were Evans or if they would trade up and get Watkins.

  • steelster

    Those 2 will go in the top 10 and we would have to give up too much for them. In this draft the steelers want as many picks as they can get.

  • Wing t

    Your probaly right, but the browns, raiders and Bucs draft in front of us. Who knows what they will do. If we traded down and got beckham around pick 27 I would be ok with it.

  • steelster

    Yes, that would be good. Becham has good speed, hands and is a good punt and kickoff return guy.

  • Mike Amaro

    Wouldn’t mind grabbing this young man if we trade back I feel 15 is to early for him.

  • RyanW

    They wined and dined Kirk Cousins when he was coming out to….dont mean a thing.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Wing-

    Nobody is saying that we don’t need defense. But you have to understand that we just lost our #2 and #3 WR’s. We can’t win a Super Bowl with Antonio Brown and a bunch of question marks.

    Like Steelster just said, we need one elite tall red zone TD receiving weapon. Then we can go defense all you want.

  • Wing t

    I agree. Just wouldn’t take the kid from LSU at 15. I would love Evans there. We are in this hole cause we drafted poorly the last few years as some guys didn’t pan out.

  • Ike Evans

    I’m so about this life

  • Ike Evans

    They would a took kirk I believe but the skins took him earlier then expected

  • Brendan

    Because the Seahawks have a bunch of big name, reliable receivers who were first round picks. I’m with Wing, this draft has to be about defense,especially improving the front seven. This defense only looks good when you can stop the run and it just wasn’t able to do that effectively last year. If it’s not Watkins or Evans, wait until the middle rounds because receiver is probably the deepest position in this draft.

  • JAMESH

    The law firm which represented Ted Kennedy…….. WIner, Diner, Dicker & Dunker.

  • Craig Ressler

    Yeah, I’d like to know that too. Because if it stunk that year we have something but if it was good than not sure we can judge the most recent year, and as you alluded, when he was injured and struggled to be himself.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Sorry, I guess i didn’t type it clear enough. Let me repeat-

    NOBODY IS SAYING THAT WE DON’T NEED DEFENSE!

    We have 9 picks this year. If we went 8 picks defense and 1 on offense would that be enough defense for you? Or would you prefer all 9 picks on D?

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Me either. And you’re right about us drafting somewhat poorly.

    The Seahawks are a rare example because they actually tried to draft equally on offense and defense. It’s just that their defensive picks happened to strike gold.

    2010: Okung (OT) (1st), Thomas (S) (1st), Tate (WR) (3rd)
    2011: Carpenter (OG) (1st), Moffit (OG) (3rd)
    2012: Irvin (OLB) (1st), Wagner (ILB) (2nd), Wilson (QB) (3)
    2013: Harvin (WR) (traded 1st), Michael (RB) (2nd)

    If we followed the Seahawks model, we’d have 7 of our last 10 early round picks going toward offense.

  • steelster

    Brendan can say what he wants. I will just say some people get it and some don’t. I hope I fall into the first category. Doing research helps.

  • sean mcmartin

    The record setting offense of the broncos was humbled by a great defense to the tune of 8 points. I disagree that WR’s are needed more than CB or DE on this team. They have done nothing to improve the pass rush so far..JJ is not working out in PA and the steelers have no idea if he has added mass.

  • sean mcmartin

    oh yeah since you used caps it makes sense,brendan did not state all 9 picks on D, he said a WR in the first round is not what they need..did you watch the SB last year? The seahawks destroyed the broncos record setting offense with DEFENSE..1st round pick CB ..DE or do you think the benched back-up from the chargers will improve the line. or Ike taking a paycut will make him a better player. Colbert stated this draft is deep with WR’s not CB’s…

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I think i heard they were planning on drafting cousins but redskins got him first

  • Big White

    This conversation is about the 2nd round fourty-something pick in case he falls. Nothing more.

  • Louis Goetz

    If both Dennard and Gilbert are off the board when the Steelers pick at 15, do you think they should take someone like Verrett or Roby because the they need a CB more than a WR when both of those guys will probably be there at 47? Or would you rather the Steelers take a Mike Evans or Kelvin Benjamin with the 15th pick and then take Verrett or Roby in the 2nd round? Just because they need defensive help more than offensive help doesn’t mean they take a defensive player in the 1st, especially if the offensive player they can get at 15 is infinitely better than the defensive player they can get at 15.

  • Weiss Chad

    Dontae moncrief maybe or martavious Bryant could be options.I like moncrief myself just maybe not in second and prob won’t be there at 3.33

  • Madi

    We could find ourselves picking in the 20s. I think they’d consider him there, depending on how the draft goes.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    You want to use the Seahawks as an example? Okay let’s follow the Seahawks example?

    Here’s where the Seahawks drafted their CB’s:

    Richard Sherman (5th round)
    Tharold Simon (5th round)
    Bryon Maxwell (6th round)
    Jeremy Lane (6th round)
    Walter Thurmond (4th round)
    Deshawn Shead (UDFA)

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I do really like the option of Martavis Bryant. I think he’s expected to go in the late 2nd round / early 3rd round range. That would be a nice trade down scenario IMO.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Exactly. And the same thing goes the other way.

    What if Evans, Ebron, Benjamin are all gone by pick 1.15?

    We have at least 5 positions that could use an elite 1st round prospect. Do we have more holes on defense than offense? Yes. Does that mean we have to go defense in the 1st? I don’t think so.

    And based on the visits Cobert/Tomlin are making. I think they’re looking at receivers just as much as they’re looking at defenders in the 1st round.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Ha. You act like we didn’t watch the Super Bowl too. Like we don’t know how good Seattle’s defense is. And like we don’t know the Steelers need CB’s and a DE. We get it.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Ha. I hope I do too.

    The craziest part is, if you look at past drafts and look at the CBs selected around 1.15. And then compare them to Gilbert and Dennard. I think the two guys this year are a little below par.

    Don’t get me wrong, I would still welcome either one to the team. I just don’t see a Darrelle Revis (coverage wise). I see more of a Stephon Gillmore or a Dre Kirkpatrick.

  • Weiss Chad

    I can see teams wanting to trade in front of jets dolphins and cardinals for a qb

  • cp72

    I have read in a couple spots that Dennard is slipping some are saying he could go on the second round.

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    Guess you must have been asleep in 1998-2000 and fell asleep again in 2006. Should have that checked.

  • joed32

    He would be a great pick in the second if we could get one of the top 3 corners in the first.

  • steeltown

    Dinner with Beckham…. why… he’d be a good pick in the 2nd Rd maybe

  • steeltown

    My thinking as well… this kid even in the conversation as a mid 1st Rder is madness

  • Shannon Stephenson

    With so many good WR’s I just feel we can get a great one that slips in the 2nd round.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Just because you draft a 1st round WR doesnt mean he is a good NFL players and doesnt guarantee he plays much his first year.

  • Patrick Reid

    Lovin Shazier.

  • Brendan

    What from my post led to this condescension? It seems like none of the experts have Benjamin (I’m assuming that’s who everyone here is talking about as the big red zone target) as a top 15 pick. Ebron doesn’t block and I’m pretty sure that doesn’t really fit what the Steelers do. I’m not even going to mention the ‘D’ word again, I’m afraid it will lead to s***stream of douchiness from you and StarSpangledSteeler again.

  • Brendan

    But I’m pretty sure you’re saying they would be best served drafting a big receiver in the first and that’s just bogus. And I’m not saying it has to be a corner, like you mistakenly assumed. I think there’s a good chance Mosley falls to 15 because of his position, and he’s a top 10 player. And just because they signed Mitchell doesn’t mean they should write off the talented safeties in this draft. Reaching is the last thing they should do and if they take Benjamin or Ebron or whoever you have in mind at 15, that’s what I think they’d be doing.

  • srdan

    lol

    You’re kidding right? Youre judging a rookie and hten saying that a team doesn’t know what their first round investment has done all offseason? Do you understand how crazy that sounds?

  • Callentown

    I heard Pete Carrol say Lee was the best player on the field and played at a different speed than everyone else.

  • Wing t

    Cowher had those 3 bad years. It just didn’t seam that we had so many holes to fill when he was coaching.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I don’t understand the purpose of your comment. Has anybody here said that draft picks were guaranteed?

    We all know the draft is a gamble. We’re debating what the best gamble is. I don’t think anybody mentioned guarantees?

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    If there is one player the Steelers will be focusing on improving this off season, I would guess it is Jarvis Jones.

    I mean making sure he’s getting stronger, faster, more flexible, better technique. I would think they’re getting weekly updates. They better be.

  • srdan

    Yup, him and spence.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Sorry. It was not my intention to be condescending. I just feel like you were responding to our posts without actually reading them.

    You mention the Seahawks won without any “big name, reliable receivers”. Would you say that’s normal? Let’s look at the past 4 Super Bowl winners instead of just one.

    2013 Ravens: Boldin (1st), Smith (2nd), Jones (3rd)
    2012 Giants: Nicks (1st), Burress (1st), Manningham (3rd)
    2011 Packers: Nelson (2nd), Jennings (2nd)

    That is the norm (IMO). Just because the Ravens won the Super Bowl back in 2001 with Trent Dilfer at QB doesn’t mean that’s the standard. That is the exception.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    This is where we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

    I think a big 1st round receiver like Evans, Ebron, Benjamin, will have a greater impact on our “points for” than a defensive player will have on our “points against”.

    I think any of those 3 guys could be immediate red zone threats in year one. And I don’t think a defensive player will impact the score of our games in year one.

    And I don’t think any of them would be a reach at 1.15.

  • Brendan

    I think it’s unfair. Boldin, Burress were veteran free agents. Manningham isn’t even playing football. Heyward-Bey was a first round pick and I don’t expect him to come in and make much of an impact. My point is the Steelers, along with a lot of other teams, have a lot of success finding receivers in the mid rounds. It’s been one of the most successful parts of their drafts recently. I don’t see a reason to change that, especially when so much talent has been lost on the defense the past few years and the depth at receiver in this draft. And I was referring to steelster with the condescending comment about me doing my research. Whatever that means.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    If you do not understand my comment then why are you wasting your time replying.

  • WIINGY

    that’s cuz manning is a pussy.

  • pat

    Im hoping for Matthews kid can play and for a 2nd it’s great value good hands route running could work on the way he plays the ball (jump balls) but I honestly think he is the 2nd best wr in the draft

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