Tennessee-Chattanooga OLB Davis Tull To Visit Pittsburgh Wednesday

The Pittsburgh Steelers have another outside linebacker prospect coming in for a pre-draft visit as Tony Pauline of draftinsiders.net is reporting on Twitter that Tennessee-Chattanooga’s Davis Tull will be in town Wednesday.

Tull was the Defensive Player of the Year for the Southern Conference the last three seasons. Last year he recorded 58 total tackles and 10.5 sacks in 14 games. 18 of his tackles resulted in loses and he was credited with nine hurries and two forced fumbles. During his four-year college career, Tull registered 36.5 sacks in 48 games played.

Tull measures in at 6-2, 246-pounds and he has 31 1/4-inch arms. At the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, Tull registered a 42.5-inch vertical jump and an impressive 132-inch broad jump.

Tull had a right labrum injury that prevented him from playing in the 2015 East-West Shrine Game and he was also limited at the combine with a left hamstring strain.

Many project that Tull will be drafted somewhere in the third or fourth round. He will reportedly turn 24 in November.

The Steelers have brought in several outside linebackers over the course of the last few weeks. Tull is the second small school player at the position as North Dakota State’s Kyle Emanuel has also visited with the team.

  • Nick

    Id love to see him or Emanuel in a Steelers uniform. Or both. Very impressive numbers by both.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    BOOM!!!

  • LucasY59

    24 is pretty old for a rookie, I would rather it be a 5th or 6th rd pick on a older player from a small school (Emmanuel or Wagenmann should be available in those rounds as well)

  • Devon Day

    Reason why I would avoid him as well.

  • puCrepeaP

    I think Brett Kiesel was 24 when drafted

  • Paddy

    He’s too old. By the time he catches on he’ll be 27

  • Paddy

    That was the old days they need help this year and or next at latest

  • Ike Evans

    If we double dip and he’s the second guy in the late rounds… Im good with that

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I respectfully disagree.

    The one place we need “grown man strength” is on the edge. I’m tired of weak young OLB’s with under-developed legs/bodies. Guys that can’t hold the point. Guys that can’t fight off OT’s. Guys that can’t explode through contact.

    We need someone who is ready PHYSICALLY to contribute right now (which Tull is). Not someone who needs a couple years to build up strength. The only 2 OLB’s more athletically ready than Davis Tull are Vic Beasley and Bud Dupree.

    As far as Tull needing 3 years to “catch on”? How do you figure that?

    He’s got 4 years of college starting experience playing DE. Recording 37 sacks, 29 QB hurries, 10 forced fumbles, and 60 tackles for loss. How much more ready could an edge rushing prospect be? Seriously? Name me one OLB expected to be available at 1.22 or later with that type of experience?

    Tull played a little bit of WR in high school, so he’s already got some experience with route running. That should help with the transition of dropping into coverage. At least more than some of these guys who have zero experience.

    In my opinion, we can’t afford to draft a young OLB who needs development. We need someone who is ready now. And if Tull ONLY gives us 6 years of production instead of 9, I’m fine with that.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    puCrepeaP… And we have a BINGO.

    James Harrison was 24 years old when he went undrafted out of college (2002). And he didn’t start for the Steelers until the 2007 season (when he was 29 years old). Was he too old?

    Brett Keisel was also 24 years hold when we drafted him (2002). But he’d didn’t start at DE until the 2006 season (when he was 28 years old). Was he too old?

    Kendrell Bell was drafted when he was 21. He dominated his rookie year (2001) and was gone from our team 3 years later because his body broke down early. Meanwhile Keisel and Harrison each played for roughly ten years.

    The point is… Different people have different body types. Some guys can play well into their 30’s, others can’t. There’s no way to know how long these prospects will last. But given our current situation at OLB, I’d rather draft a guy who is NFL ready NOW.

  • Devon Day

    That’s DE. Furthermore, OLB must utilize a broader skillset than DE, hence why it is fine to draft someone like Kiesel. His shelf life was longer due to that.

  • Nick

    Just like Jarvis Jones..if he ever catches on…

  • steeltown

    Due diligence. This guy is very intriguing just like Kyle Emanuel. I like that we’re doing our homework on these type guys. They could fall come draft weekend and we might get really good value for a plus athlete.

  • Thom

    Football Outsiders listed Davis Tull as one of their top sleeper pass rushers using their SackSeer Projection system.

    Davis Tull, from a pure measurables standpoint, is much more impressive than Shane Ray. I’d be okay with taking him in the 3rd, would be happy with him in the 4th.

  • Thom

    Tull is 7 months older than Vic Beasley and 12 months older than Randy Gregory.

    His age should not a problem.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    Based on all the visits from OLB’s and CB’s, you would think with their eight draft picks, they would be taking 2 OLB’s, 2 CB’s, 1 OL, 1 WR, 1 TE, and then maybe a RB or DL? If their drafting is based on all of the visits they’ve had. Just saying.

  • Birdman

    Agreed. Only times age is a problem is if a players age is 25 and up

  • LucasY59

    Age isnt as much of a problem as the rd he would be taken in, If he is that old I wouldn’t take him in the 3rd or 4th like I said if he were available in the 6th I would take him or one of the other two I mentioned