Steelers To Host Auburn WR Sammie Coates For Pre Draft Visit

According to several Wednesday media reports, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be bringing Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates in for a pre draft visit over the course of the next few weeks.

Coates, who measures in at 6-1, 212-pounds, caught 34 passes for 741 yards and four touchdowns last season ijn the 12 games that he played in. In 2013, he caught 42 passes for 902 yards and seven touchdowns.

At the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, Coates posted a time of 4.43 seconds in the 40-yard dash and a 1.55 second 10-yard split time. He also registered a 41-inch vertical jump, a 10’-11” broad jump and 4.06 second 20-yard shuttle time. He has 9 3/8-inch hands and a 78 ¾-inch wingspan.

Many draftniks regard Coates as being one of the top-10 wide receivers in this year’s class and he figures to be drafted in the second or third round.

The Steelers are currently set at the wide receiver position, but certainly don’t seem above drafting another one this year. Last year the team drafted Martavis Bryant in the fourth round and the year prior they selected Markus Wheaton in the third round.

  • ApexSteel

    Have to just be giving him his due diligence. I like him though. He reminds me of Kelvin Benjamin coming out of college drops and all. Just with less size and more speed.

  • Ahmad

    Some mock drafts have him being available in the 3rd round. If he does drop that far, I would certainly not be opposed to taking him there.

  • steelster

    This seems like a waste of time when they have so many needs elsewhere.

  • falconsaftey43

    His hands are a little worrisome. Much more so than Benjamin last year IMHO. I’d be fine with him in the 3rd-4th round range, but think there could be better prospects (including WR) available then.

  • steelster

    I don’t know much about hand size but aren’t his hands a little on the small size.

  • SteelersDepot

    Dropped two throws and had thirteen others
    deflected away from him by the opposition last season.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    It’s a smokescreen move, anyone remember Quentin Groves? Same.

  • Steve Johnson

    I agree, too many other areas that need to be addressed. What are the chances that kid will be there in the 3rd? If he’s there in the 4th when they pick, maybe.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Love this guy but seeing dropped passes makes me cringe like the Limas Sweed days…. Lawd!

  • ApexSteel

    I heard he had a 19% drop rate.

  • LucasY59

    possibly have him switch to CB? he could be a better prospect than his QB, I’m not impressed with either as offensive players, but they are great athletes

  • SnoopDogg123

    Kevin Colbert would draft all WRs if he could.

  • LucasY59

    that would be the only reason I would take him is if he slides a round or two, would be hard to pass on in the 3rd (or 4th)

  • puCrepeaP

    I really hope we don’t draft a WR with a 2nd or third round pick. That’s one position that doesn’t need immediate attention. Would we really use our second pick on a 4th stringer, when we need starters on defense?

  • puCrepeaP

    The point of the smokescreen exactly?

  • ApexSteel

    I don’t think so. I think everybody and their moms know we don’t need a wideout.

  • SteelersDepot

    he caught 34-of-79 balls targeted to him (43.04%). Just passing along stats from an NFL scout

  • SteelersDepot

    Read that wrong. Five drops.

  • ApexSteel

    That makes sense then. If that’s the case then those 2 drops and 13 deflections combined would make up around a 19% drop rate.

  • PittsburghSports

    Definitely going to draft a WR at some point. So far, we’ve heard about DeVante Parker, Devin Smith, Sammie Coates, Tre McBride, Jamison Crowder and Devin Gardner being linked to the Steelers. Personally, with all our other needs, I’d prefer a 7th rd flier on a guy like Gardner who’s changing positions, but is an extremely high character guy and leader, and could probably be stashed on the practice squad his 1st year. 6′- 4″ 218 lbs.

  • Burgh Ball

    The steelers must need help over at the Cheese Bowl (Heinz/Kraft field) laying block for the new seat addition.. I think he may be related to Dwight Stone.

  • H.K. northern cali

    We all know they will draft one wr. It seems to me and most other people 5-7 rd.

  • Mark 4 Steelers

    Steelers first 3 pics should be (best available) 1st) OLB/CB/S, 2nd) OLB/CB/S, 3rd) OLB/CB/S/TE (if not addressed in pic 1 or 2). After that, any position is open game…but I personally would target a 2nd CB/S in the 4th. They have no need of a WR in this draft. Realistically, they could use this whole draft on defense & no one would second guess that (although, a young catching TE would be a good addition).

  • Matt Manzo

    Can he return punts and kicks? That’s the only reason I think we’ll take a WR higher than round 5.

  • Anthony Glenn

    Drafting a WR in the 5th Rd seems ok with me. As long as they go 1st OLB, 2nd CB, 3rd CB, 4th TE, 5th WR, 6th RB, 6th DE, 7th OLB, DE, CB, or WR whichever provides more upside. WR isn’t on the top of my list but taking one in the 5th Rd won’t hurt but focusing on all defense would make us better in this draft.

  • steeltown

    I don’t think he’s ever returned kicks

  • steeltown

    Not sure I’d spend a 3rd Rd selection on a WR this year, maybe TE or OL, but if he falls to the 4th Rd somehow it would be really great value.

  • Vinhuddle

    I hope to God they wouldn’t use an important pick like the ones you mentioned on a WR. I wonder if there’s ANY consideration on developing Archer as WR?

  • William Weaver

    I think WR is a need. One sprained ankle and we only have 2.

  • William Weaver

    One sprained ankle and we are down to 2. I think WR is a need because of that reason alone. Injuries will happen.

  • ApexSteel

    Well yeah that’s why we’ll draft one late. Not a first or second rounder

  • HiVul

    I’d rather see us take Darren Waller or a PR capable WR later in the draft

  • Devon Day

    Dont worry. Pittsburgh won’t. Donovan Smith will most likely be the pick.

  • Devon Day

    Darren will be available in the 5th. Not sure however if mid to late.

  • William Weaver

    Needs to be capable.

  • steelster

    But not a need within the first 3 rounds where this guy is expected to go and they have dhb in case of injury to one of the three infront of them. They do need a 5th wr but not for the sake of spending a high pick on it.

  • ApexSteel

    You don’t need an elite 4th string wide receiver.

  • 2winz

    if he is a good kick/punt returner and can be an asset on offense, why not spend a 3rd round? depending on what other players are available. I know ravens are looking for middle round wr’s and it would take that away from them and plus, i cant see the team paying MW and MB when their options are up. it wouldn’t hurt to have a kid waiting in the wings. Especially in the case of injuries. You can never have too many play makers.

  • William Weaver

    Until one gets hurt and it kills the offense. Don’t neee elite backup RB until Bell gets hurt and it kills the offense. QB is only position that you have an exscuse.

  • Heather Danis

    Agreed, Waller or Chris Conley as both have size and speed, can catch with some decent consistency, but have limitations in their route trees due to what was taught / required of them at their college programs. Even with a limited route tree, they’d both be red zone threats and their speed would have to be respected.

  • Heather Danis

    I agree. If there, it is possible that DS is the pick to give us LT flexibility on the OL.

  • Devon Day

    Kicking beachum to guard would bolster Pittsburgh’s offensive line. We will see what happens.

  • puCrepeaP

    We should draft a QB in the first couple rounds for the same reason.

  • puCrepeaP

    Probably not much, but honestly he’s no better at RB. I love what he has the potential to do, but I just can’t see him fitting in at any one position.

  • William Weaver

    As I said, QB is the only position on the team where it is understood your depth won’t be good. We got caught with our pants down last year in the playoffs with Bell getting hurt. If AB goes down we are screwed. Especially since the strength of our team has to be offense. Too many capable WR’s available to be that dependent on the health of one man. QB hurt it is a different story. Why your 5th corner is important to me because he will be needed eventually. 3rd round WR would not bother me at all. IMO

  • puCrepeaP

    We should draft a QB in the first couple rounds for the same reason.

  • Vinhuddle

    Definitely a thumbs up on the Conley suggestion.

  • Vinhuddle

    Don’t forget a punter.lol

  • ApexSteel

    Right so let’s get that capable 4th string wideout in the 1st. Great idea.

  • William Weaver

    I am all for arguing about something I believe in but it is pointless if your not reading what I say. Put it this way, BPA.. If that is a WR, grab him. Like it or not that is what I would do. If you would read what I said, it was 3rd rounder would not bother me. We only have 3 capable WR’s. I don’t get the thinking that it would be stupid to draft another one before round 6.

  • ApexSteel

    The conversation is about this wideout in particular. Sammie Coates. A 1st or early 2nd rounder. He won’t be there in the third.

  • William Weaver

    you had said everyone and their moms knows we don’t need a WR. I said we did. That is what our conversation was about. Level of need for a fourth WR. we just disagree. It’s ok

  • Conserv_58

    Bah! I don’t read too much in these pre draft visits because it’s smoke-n-mirrors time of the pre season. The Steelers, like most teams, are playing the guessing game. There is a certain amount of gamesmanship and subterfuge going on so as not to tip their hand as to whom they are targeting.

    I just don’t see the need or justifiable reason to take another W.R. before the fifth or sixth round, especially given the glaring needs they have on the defensive side of the ball.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    To get the prospect they wanted all along by giving specific player so much of attention teams would try to trade up and grab him, albeit Quentin Groves when Jaguars traded up to get him. We got limas sweed not a good Pick but the strategy was there