Mike Tomlin, Kevin Colbert Present For Florida State Pro Day

As expected, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is present for the Florida State Pro Day that is taking place on Tuesday.

Tomlin, who stopped in Bradenton, FL Monday to visit with the Pittsburgh Pirates before they wrap up their spring training, is usually front and center every year for the Florida State Pro Day.

This year Tomlin once again has his choice of several top players that he can watch closely and visit with as quarterback Jameis Winston, center Cameron Erving, defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, cornerback P.J. Williams, wide receiver Rashad Greene, cornerback Ronald Darby, guard Tre’ Jackson, defensive end Mario Edwards Jr., guard Josue Matias, tight end Nick O’Leary and running back Karlos Williams are just a few of the players that will be garnering a lot of attention on Tuesday.

Being as Tomlin likely arrived in Tallahassee Monday evening, we’ll probably learn later in the day if he decided to have dinner with any of the prospects listed above.

Last year the Steelers had a large contingent at the Florida State Pro Day that included Tomlin, Todd Haley and general manager Kevin Colbert.

UPDATED: Kevin Colbert, Todd Haley, Danny Smith and Carnell Lake were also at the FSU Pro Day Tuesday.

  • srdan

    Part of hte job

  • steeltown

    Let’s see… my guess…he had dinner with PJWilliams, Darby and Karlos Williams

  • Jason R

    Fingers crossed for darby

  • cp72

    2nd round? Dupree then Darby….could live with that.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    I believe they wined and dined Kelvin Benjamin last year. Makes you realize what a value pick Bryant was in the fourth round.

  • PittsburghSports

    I think Cameron Erving is the best player out of that group. I like PJ more than Darby. Darby has biggest bust potential out of the top CBs. The 2 Guards and O’Leary are interesting prospects, and if Mario Edwards falls to the 3rd rd I’d hope the Steelers would be interested. They better not be interested in Karlos Williams. Tired of these scumbag abusers getting a pass because they can play football.

  • Toddy Bravo

    You have to love his measurables, but some draft sites label Darby as soft, finesse, etc. I haven’t watched enough of him to give an opinion on that, but he looks good to me in the limited tape available online.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Sorry I’m not up on this. What did Karlos do?

  • Toddy Bravo

    You couldn’t be more right. There were a ton of people on here clamoring for Benjamin in the 1st, although I wasn’t one of them. While he turned out better than I thought, I’m still glad we passed on him because that led to the incredible value pick of Martavis in the 4th. BTW, I was 100% wrong about Martavis and have never been more happy to eat crow in my life.

  • PittsburghSports

    Roughed up his pregnant girlfriend. Of course he was never charged, because she never reported it and she asked for the case to be dropped.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    For what it’s worth, I think Darby is a 1st round talent.

    I watched quite a few of his games and I think he has “it”. Yes he is fast, but he also seems to understand the game. And in general, he makes pretty good reads and breaks on the ball.

    Of course he has his flaws. Every CB in this draft does. But I think Darby’s flaws are quickly improvable. And when you run a 4.32 with a 42″ vertical you have the ability to make up for mistakes.

    Also, Darby has experience playing in a ton of big time high pressure games. Close games. In the national spotlight. As Tomlin likes to say…

    “The stage is not too big for him.”

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I highly highly doubt Darby falls to us in the 2nd. He ran a 4.32. Some team will draft him early based on his speed alone.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I’ve got to respectfully disagree on PJ Williams. He’s definitely a physical CB, but he’s constantly late with his awareness and doesn’t break well on the ball.

    To me Erving and Goldman are kind of neck and neck for FSU’s top player. Goldman might be the better talent but he’s strictly a 4-3 DT in my opinion. Whereas I think Erving could play either OC or OG which probably adds to his value.

    Agreed on Karlos Williams (pass). Not sure how I feel about Edwards yet. I think a lot of scouts are mixed on him as well.

  • Toddy Bravo

    You’re doing a good job selling me on him, which frankly isn’t going to take much because I like the kid a lot. From what you’ve seen, is he capable of being physical and jamming receivers at the line?

  • PittsburghSports

    By no means is PJ my favorite. I just like him better than Darby. I’d take KJ or Byron Jones before either of them. Goldman just ran a 5.3 and only did 19 reps. Kinda weak numbers. Just my personal feelings, but I think Erving is best offensive lineman in the draft.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Not so much. That’s more PJ Williams’ style. Darby’s got short-ish arms and not a lot of power.

    Darby is like a rich man’s Willie Gay. (See what I did there?) He’s very fast and has pretty darn good recognition/technique IMO.

    But if Flacco or Brady or Luck throws a deep bomb down the field into one-on-one coverage, I’d rather have Darby back there than Williams. Because Darby will run stride for stride with the WR and actually look back for the ball. Plus he can jump 42″ and bat it down, even against taller guys.

  • AndyR34

    Agree with the call on Erving…but mostly due to his versatility. He has the tools to play any of the five OL positions and appears to be highly coachable, as he converted from DL.

  • PittsburghSports

    Steelers should be in Connecticut watching Byron Jones instead. I’m hoping Lake or someone prominent is there.

  • Josh Gustad

    I know DT isn’t biggest on our needs list but I love Eddie Goldman.

  • PittsburghSports

    What I like about Darby is his upside. Fast, athletic and likes to hit. What I don’t like is his technique. I never see him jam the receiver, and he has a tendency to flip his hips immediately, which leaves him vulnerable to underneath routes. Definitely has one of the highest ceilings of the CBs, but he’s a project like Jalen Collins. Does seem to have good recognition though.

  • Jason White

    I have been growing fond of Byron Jones. Probably gonna go before they pick in the 2nd round. Patriots might take him at 32 or Belichick might do the usual and trade out of the first and pick up an early 2nd and take him there.

  • Mike Frazer

    Isn’t that Todd Haley standing the second to the right of Tomlin (in the picture; Tomlin’s left, actually) in a Steelers Hat? Could be someone else, but it looks an awful lot like Haley. If so, they aren’t there for (just) P.J. Williams.

  • PittsburghSports

    Eagles at 20.

  • SteelersDepot
  • blackandgoldBullion

    Oh, Lord. Well, at least they good the good brother Vince. Leave it at that.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Yes, that’s him.

  • Matt Manzo

    Do they have a page for every player? I’ve never seen a stat sheet like that for a CB!

  • LucasY59

    Vince’s little Bro as a possible later rd RB would be the guy I would want on O, or one of the CB’s for the D,

  • cp72

    Be interesting to see if we sent anyone to see Byron Jones.

  • Alan Felicia

    Byron Jones- CB/UConn Pro day today ran an unofficial 4.36/40.
    6’1″, 199 lbs., hands = 10″, Arm length = 32″, Broad Jump= 12′ 3″, vertical = 44.5″
    Dark Horse – 1st Round, #22

  • cp72

    Saying he ran a 4.36. Jones’ triangle numbers are crazy. Someone is gonna pick him in the 1st round.

    Would love to know his SPARQ number. It has to be some sort of record. He’s a super freak.

  • srdan

    what happened to the RB they dined with last year from FSU? Where did he go and did he make any noise? I remember they went to dinner with hime and benjamin.

  • cp72

    To funny just posted something similar. His numbers are just mind-boggling.

    If Jalen Collins is a 1st rounder so is Jones.

  • cp72

    It was Freeman. He went to Atlanta. 3rd or 4th round I think.

  • puCrepeaP

    yeah, when it’s broken down like that it’s not incredibly impressive. But I don’t have other CBs charts to compare. Of course a big part of being a great CB is not being targeted because you are doing your job well. Personally I like Darby out of FSU a little better

  • PittsburghSports

    I was wondering who was in the Steelers jacket. Danny Smith?

  • puCrepeaP

    But those are just measurables.

  • Mike Frazer

    Sure looks like Smith. At least based on the hair.

  • jujudoublestuff

    I liked this kid before combine and testing thereafter. Some stuff I saw and read about him. Now the likelihood of the Steelers drafting him is almost nill. damn!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jujudoublestuff

    I’m not a Collins fan.

  • jujudoublestuff

    I like Darby over Williams puCrepeaP

  • Ike Evans

    Damn…. Fsu got alot of players

  • Ike Evans

    Too short….. Colbert doesn’t like short TE’s

  • Ike Evans

    Nah.. Pj bust potential is way greater than darbys

  • Ike Evans

    If they draft Goldman I’m convinced we are transitioning to a 4-3

  • blue

    Mario Edwards Jr is steal of the draft, was top rated high school prospect.

  • Ike Evans

    I don’t want a running back that who got benched for a freshman half way through the year

  • Ike Evans

    What you can clearly see when u watch the games. Pj lines up against the best WR almost every game which says a lot BUT the opposing qb also throws at Pj the whole game and actively tries to avoid throwing darbys way (and jalen Ramseys but that’s a conversation for next draft)… I thought that speaks volumes

  • Devon Day

    Darby, Jones, or Collins at CB. Will most likely come down to that.

  • steelburg

    I agree with your assessment of Darby. But the one issue I have with him that normally doesn’t get corrected when a player gets into the league is his hands. You hit the nail right on the head when you said he understands the game and is able to run stride for stride with a player. But my issue is he bats the ball down even the ones that can be intercepted most of the time. That’s why I would rather have Kevin Johnson but I would gladly take someone like Darby in the 2nd.

  • Vinhuddle

    I wonder if they have any interest in Karlos Williams as a late rd RB? I really hope they have no interest in the golden bears grandson.

  • steeltown

    He didn’t do much, but it was his first season. He looks like a quality pick for the 4th Rd, good receiver out of the backfield.

    If character concerns checkout, I believe K.Williams provides great value in the late Rds

  • Richard Kim

    Do you think anyone of those DB lasts till our 2nd?

  • steelster

    He has domestic violence issues. That’s a public relations with the nfl. Also look at the way steeler nation talked about ray rice. Isn’t it drafting a younger version of him.

  • Vinhuddle

    Agreed. I like Darby more for some reason. K.Johnson with the 1st and R.Darby in the 2nd?

  • Devon Day

    Not a chance. Heck, Darby and Jones have ‘Bud’ Dupree athleticism all over, but have excellent instincts and production to boot. Collins could be the next man up, but who knows? Adding Kevin Johnson into the equation really amplifies confusion. Does Pittsburgh elect a high potential and talent ceiling defender, or do the go for a slim sused, but potential lockdown player?

  • Devon Day

    He will be there. Trust me. Trae and Marcus are most likely going bye-bye. P.J. and Jalen soon afte in all likelyhood. Roland will be at 22 for sure.

  • cp72

    You also hear time and again is is a smart kid and was a team captain. Not sure how many more boxes we need this kid to check.

  • puCrepeaP

    definitely a solid prospect. But other things I’d like to see is position specific attributes. Does he have good hips and footwork? Is he a tough player? How does he do in man/zone? Is he a sound tackler? Can he read a QB/WR? Or is he just a good athlete with a nice personality? Sounds like a good athlete, but is he a good CB? I actually really like him, but I’m just saying there’s a lot of things to consider.

  • Rotten Sircus

    Yea Byron Jones is a sleeper ..I hope they did give this kid a look !!!

  • PittsburghSports

    Well, just how I feel from what I’ve read and little I’ve seen. It’s been said he’s a better athlete than a football player, that’s why everyone talks about his upside, but that screams bust potential to me.

  • PittsburghSports

    Good grief! All day long I was excited to hear who the Steelers were talking/dining with at FSUs pro day, but I haven’t heard a peep from anyone either steelers related or reporting on the draft. Tomlin, Colbert, Haley and Smith were there and not a mention of one of them seen talking with a player. Totally at a stand still with where to rate all these FSU guys. Hope something comes out tomorrow.

  • steeltown

    Maybe, but I think w/ late Rd selections you can gamble on character issues, small school and/or inexperience.

  • Ike Evans

    Don’t listen to certain hype… Ppl don’t do their hw… Darby ran fast at the combine so instead of going bak and looking at the tape the correlate that to he’s an athlete and Pj Williams is the better football player which is laughable because up to the combine the narrative was the exact opposite. That pj Williams was living off his physical gifts and Ronald Darby was more polished as a player but just not the better athlete… If u watch the games the latter point holds true. Pj lines up against the best offensive player but he’s not the one the qb avoids during games…. They throw away from Darby… They throw to Pj as if he’s the weak link…then when u go to the metrics like burn… Pass breakups…. Those numbers also support what the eyes are telling you. I’m not saying pj isn’t good im just seeing these ppl don’t know what they’re talking about half the time

  • LucasY59

    I was thinking Lake should’ve been at UConn?

  • superfan

    I think this is a pretty clear sign that the Steelers are going to trade their 1st round pick, Sean Spence, and Landry Jones for Tampa Bay’s #1 pick and select Jameis Winston to back up Ben!

    (Before you rip this post, check the date on your calendar)

  • PittsburghSports

    Either way it’s a really neat deal to be able to debate who’s better given it’s the same position and same school.

  • Pud Pushman

    You should text him. I did, he didn’t respond though. I thought my opinions mattered.