Steelers DE Cameron Heyward On Rookie Daniel McCullers: ‘He’s Like Paul Bunyan’

It remains to be seen whether or not Pittsburgh Steelers rookie defensive lineman Daniel McCullers will show enough during the offseason to warrant making the final 53 man roster out of training camp, but defensive end Cameron Heyward has weighed in with his thoughts on the 6-6, 352 pound Tennessee product.

“He’s huge,” said Heyward of McCullers on Wednesday, according to Scott Brown of “He’s like Paul Bunyan.”

According to Brown, McCullers said after Wednesday’s practice that he has been playing exclusively at nose tackle so far during the OTA practices.

The Steelers drafted McCullers with their second of two sixth-round draft picks with the hopes that he either serve as an understudy to starter Steve McLendon or perhaps convert to defensive end.

McCullers’ height, however, will be one of his biggest obstacles as he will have to learn to come off the ball much lower than he did in college.

McCullers reportedly carries his weight well for a man of his size, but defensive line coach John Mitchell said last month that they would like him to drop a little more weight when asked if he is too big.

“I wouldn’t say too big, probably not quick enough to be outside right now,” said Mitchell immediately following the selection of McCullers. “Not too big. This guy is 6’6’’ which we like. You get a 6’6’’ guy you probably want him 315-325 pounds at the max.

“You don’t want a guy were he can’t get up field and were he can’t get off blockers. He’s a big guy, but those types of guys are hard to find. I’d rather work with a guy that is too big than one that you can’t see him when he goes down in a stance. I’m excited about that.”

Paul Bunyan McCullers and the rest of the Steelers will wrap up their second week of OTA practices on Thursday.

  • ApexSteel

    Honestly I would rather us see what he can do at offensive tackle. He’s not going to play on this defense.

  • Iron Cadet

    He is not going to play on this offense either

  • Ike Evans

    lol mike adams did

  • Craig Ressler

    I really don’t know if they would be open to it, but I’ve actually said the same thing. If he doesn’t work out on defense could OT be an option? Jared Veldheer is like the same height though leaner but same beast like build. He’s an above average LT.

  • AzheDraven

    How about trying him at FB since Will Johnson got injured. LOL

  • dgh57

    Can we at least see what we have at NT first in actual game action!

  • charles

    That is how Ditka used the fridge.

  • ApexSteel

    6’7 doesn’t really translate to nose tackle very well. He’s a player you just know won’t work out.

  • Iron Cadet

    Mike Adams is an offensive tackle, I’m missing something here haha

  • Ike Evans

    Lol they want to try McCullers at Tackle….I figure how much worse could he be then mike Adams? Or guy whimper?

  • pittsburghjoe

    Lets hope this is not a case of “looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane”.

  • Michael Pearce

    Looks like they really want him to drop 40 or so pounds and play at DL. 6′ 7″ is pretty tall for NT in our system. Too Tall Jones did it.

  • Jacque Strappe

    Stay low off the snap, get a push, separate then get those long arms up when the ball comes out. It’s like throwing around a tree.

  • William Bigelow

    If McCullers is Paul Bunyan then perhaps Cam Thomas is Babe The Blue Ox ….

  • Steve

    Dan can plug up anything coming up the middle. Why move him to DE? He can take on two men, like he did at Tennessee all the time. Is naturally strong but need to get off the ball faster. Don’t think your gonna get him much slimmer than 350.

  • Iron Cadet

    haha oh gotchya. I still have hopes for Adams, he has only had 2 seasons and was stabbed before last season. He has Munchak now so this is his make or break year for sure. As for Whimper….. yeah i give up

  • dgh57

    Well if anyone can make it translate it would be DL Coach John Mitchell.

  • Bob Loblaw

    Christ, are people still upset about us signing Whimper last year? When they had him step in this year he did fine.

  • Bob Loblaw

    Whimper was a depth signing, and he exceeded expectations when he had to step in.

  • cp72

    Randy White was their DT. Jones and Harvey Martin played outside.

  • blue

    Big Dan has beast written all over him

  • Leon Mcnair

    Yes he will

  • ApexSteel

    No he won’t.